The Cross—The Ultimate Revelation of God’s Judgments

The cross is the ultimate demonstration of the nature of God’s judgments. It reveals the certainty of God’s judgments, the perfection of God’s judgments, and the redemptive nature of His judgments. First, the cross reveals God’s judgment is certain.[1]There is no escape from it. God’s goodness required Him to respond

Why Have You Forsaken Me?

In the middle of the crucifixion, Jesus cries out “My God! Why have You forsaken Me?” It’s a staggering exclamation. Jesus endured the physical agony of the crucifixion, but something happened just before He died that caused Him to cry out. Understanding that cry helps us understand the crisis of the human situation.

God Wants to Hear Your Sorrows

The Bible is filled with prayers and songs of sorrow and pain. These are often referred to as songs of lament. Even Jesus offers up His own lament during His crucifixion. Biblical authors express their grief to God in very different terms than we need to and for this reason it’s important to understand the biblical approach to lament. The Bible models an expression of grief to God that reveals quite a bit both about who God is and about how He wants to relate to us.

God’s Statement to Rulers in Heavenly Places

Most human beings do not recognize the stage that they live on. We do not simply live before men – we actually stand before powers and principalities. Everything we do is done before them. Even small choices are significant because God has it in His heart to confront the powers through the church.

Inscribed on His Hands

Behold, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands; Your walls are continually before Me. – Isaiah 49:16 (NAS95) Though most commentators see YHWH as comparing his tender concern for Israel with the religious practice of marking one’s flesh for religious reasons, one can only imagine what YHWH

The Fragrance of God

And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. – Ephesians 5:2 (ESV) The fragrance that arose from the cross up to the very throne in the heavens was rich and so full beyond the glorious act of

Deny Yourself

“Then Jesus said to His disciples, If anyone desires to be My disciple, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me.” – Matthew 16:24 (AMP) The call to deny yourself is central to the Christian faith. Although it is something we do not like to talk

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