March 2016

03.27.16 | The Power of the Gospel

In his letter to Timothy, Paul describes his prior way of life when the grace and mercy of Jesus reached him. He was a persecutor of Christians, a blasphemer, in his words, the foremost of sinners. And yet, even he was reached and changed by the power of the gospel. Jesus came into the world for this very purpose, to save sinners. The purpose of the incarnation and resurrection of Jesus was to bring eternal glory to God through the salvation of sinners. No one is too far gone. No one is beyond the reach and power of the gospel.

03.20.16 | Misunderstood Savior

Upon his triumphal entry into Jerusalem, Jesus is simultaneously celebrated and misunderstood. Many thought Jesus would come and overturn the Roman rule or shake up Judaism's leadership. But Jesus' coming to Jerusalem was for a far greater purpose. The incarnation and sacrifice of Christ was about to fulfill it's purpose, to bring glory to God through the redemption of sinners. Jesus came to Jerusalem to establish a new Kingdom by overthrowing sin and death.

03.13.16 | God's Story

Genesis is one story detailing God's creative work in forming the universe and his ongoing relationship with creation, most significantly, humanity. Genesis is not a collection of unrelated stories. Rather Genesis is composed of one grand meta-narrative detailing God's specific plan to glorify himself through humanity's redemption. As such, Genesis is timeless. Furthermore, most of the challenges and issues of our day are answered in Genesis. Thus, Genesis is exceptionally helpful in forging our worldview and our understanding of our purpose in God's story.

Faith from Afar

In the closing text of Genesis we see two very similar deaths both looking forward to fulfillments of God's promises to future generations. These narratives close the section of the patriarch's and leave Israel in Egypt - setting up the Exodus, Sinai and the Promised Land. While Genesis leaves us "in flight" within God's larger redemption of Israel it shows us the type of faith "not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar". Every generation of Christians, until Christ returns, will live and die in this same expectation of promise - which we can learn from these faithful men and trust based on the record of God's mighty deeds.