Jesus' Final Concern

Impossible Agony

One can only imagine the agony, pain, and hardship endured by Jesus Christ through His scourging and His crucifixion. To hang in the presence of numerous onlookers, slowly asphyxiating as you struggle to bear you own exhausting weight. To realize that, although many onlookers are friends or family full of pity, anguish, and despair, still some onlookers are cynically present to watch an innocent man die, or to see whether He will truly “save Himself” (Mat. 27:41ff).

Living Each Day

A Fatalistic Philosophy

There is a popular philosophy that can be described with the phrase: “live each day like it is your very last.” This philosophy is somewhat fatalistic in approaching the uncertainty of everyday living, but is commonly used to emphasize a positive outlook. By approaching each day in such a way, one is expected to treasure the very best each particular day has to offer.

An Offering of Thanks

Transforming Language

One of the not often stated wonders of the New Testament the transformative ability it had over language itself. Written in Koine (Common) Greek of the 1^st^ Century, many of the powerful words and ideas we are familiar with (e.g. love, grace, peace, etc.) were not new words per se, but were given new meaning when placed within the context of the wonder of the Gospel of Christ.

A Day of Remembrance?

A Misplaced Focus

The world has focused upon one particular Sunday as a day of remembrance of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The world entitled this day Easter, although this was not something which God or Christ asked for. Jesus did ask His followers to remember Him, but not in this manner. During the Last Supper, Jesus instituted a memorial which He asked Christians to do “in remembrance of Me” (Luke 22:19, NASU).

A National Identity

A Bit of History…

Throughout human history, there have been countless peoples, tribes, empires, and nations who have risen and fallen. Also throughout human history, God’s hand in the causing of such peoples to rise and fall can sometimes be seen. There are single events that shape the course of history for hundreds of years.