Jesus’ Cryptic Sayings

Becoming Easter People – John 11

Becoming Easter People – John 11

To be Easter people does not mean to wave around the truth of the resurrection as if it suddenly renders death in all its forms painless or meaningless. We hold on in hope for the time that is has promised in which there will be no more death or crying or pain, and all things will be made new (Rev 21:4), but we are not there yet. Rather, to be Easter people means to follow our Lord’s example of compassion by weeping with those who weep, mourning with those who mourn, all the while holding on in certain hope to the promise that, in Christ, death does not have the final say. Life does. Love does.

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A Scandalous Teaching – John 6

A Scandalous Teaching – John 6

It is a hard teaching, indeed, but ultimately one of unfathomable beauty. While it may strain our ability to understand and challenge us to express our faith in ways that are profoundly uncomfortable in their visceral reality, it ultimately points us to the promise of the greatest gift ever given to those who would receive it, as well the profound humility of the one through whom that promise is fulfilled: that in Christ God would humble himself to death (even death on a cross!) for our salvation and then offer up his flesh and blood for the life of the world.

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An Unlikely Example – Luke 16

An Unlikely Example – Luke 16

The message is clear: we can either be driven by our devotion to mammon—that is, material possessions—which will inevitably fail, or store for ourselves treasures that do not fail in eternal habitations by giving it away. In neither case are the possessions ever really ours. They are entrusted to our care and our stewardship of them is a mark of our faithfulness to the Master.

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To Love or Hate? – Luke 14

To Love or Hate? – Luke 14

Even our best and purest loves are disordered. Despite our best intentions, we love in ways that are often less than healthy, if not altogether unhealthy—both for others or ourselves. Even our best efforts to love are in need of redemption. It is only by loving God above all things and all people that our sinful natures can become redeemed and sanctified so that we can be not only opened to His love, but also become more perfect instruments of that love to the people around us through our obedience to him.

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The God Forsaken – Mark 15

The God Forsaken – Mark 15

“My God, My God, Why have you forsaken me?” –Here we have proof that whatever isolation we feel from God in the midst of our own experiences of darkness, Jesus too knows, because He has experienced it himself.

But his experience is not the same as ours, at least not in the way we tend to think….

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In Whose Image? – Mark 12

In Whose Image? – Mark 12

My question today, though, is a little different. “For me the question is, rather, “Is the answer to these questions merely academic, like getting the right answer on a Sunday school Bible quiz? Or is it the way I am really living my life?” Knowing the right answer is nothing, living the right answer is everything.”

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Faith To Move Mountains – Mark 11

Faith To Move Mountains – Mark 11

Faith involves certainty, yes, but it is a certainty anchored in Him—in His goodness and power—and not in us. Therein lies its power. A faith that is rooted in the God who is all-powerful cannot be contained by any earthly limitation; its only limitation is love, for He is also the God who is Love.

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Men as Trees Walking: Straining to See – Mark 8

Men as Trees Walking: Straining to See – Mark 8

Just as the blind man only regains his sight in stages, so too, our ability to see and receive Jesus is a process of continually deepening vision and understanding enabled by his touch in our lives. We cannot receive it all at once, but in His Grace He reveals that for which we are ready, constantly guiding us further along on the journey.

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