Today is Good Friday, the bleakest moment in the Gospel story. Reading the story of Jesus’ arrest, trial, and crucifixion today, we have the benefit of knowing that it’s all leading up to the triumph of Easter. But to the Jesus-followers present at the scene, it must have seemed that the world as they knew […]
As we approach Easter Sunday, the events of Holy Week intensify. We’ve already looked at what happened on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of Easter week. What about Thursday? Thursday of Holy Week—also known as Maundy Thursday—witnessed several key events in the Easter story and set in motion the trial and crucifixion of Jesus. The events […]
What is the evidence for Jesus’ actual bodily resurrection? What facts related to the resurrection can be shown to be true beyond reasonable doubt—even when placed under the microscope of historical and critical scrutiny? Here are five: 1. Jesus was crucified by the Romans around AD30 No credible scholar denies that Jesus existed and that […]
What happened on each day of Holy Week? This week, we’ll be looking at the biblical events that took place during the week leading up to Jesus’ crucifixion on Good Friday. We’ll base this discussion on our Holy Week Timeline, which you are welcome to download, print, and share with your church or community. So […]
The days leading up to Easter often have an understandably somber feel to them, particularly as we contemplate Jesus’ arrest, trial, and execution. It’s easy to forget that the week begins with a joyful event: the Triumphal Entry! Today is Palm Sunday, the first day of Holy Week. On Palm Sunday, we commemorate Jesus’ celebrated […]
The Easter season may not have quite the mainstream cultural presence that Christmas does, but the Easter story lends itself well to dramatization—as we’ve seen recently in 2004’s The Passion of the Christ, the 2013 television miniseries The Bible, and the 2014 film Son of God (based on the aforementioned miniseries). [Browse Lent and Easter […]
Although Jesus is certainly one of the most-quoted religious speakers in all of history, his recorded public addresses are strikingly different than the sermons and speeches we’re accustomed to hearing from religious leaders and teachers today. Jesus made heavy use of the parable as a teaching method. His parables are provocative, memorable, and occasionally mystifying. […]
As if you needed anyone else to tell you: if you live in the U.S., your taxes are due! Whenever tax season rolls around, I think of two passages from the Gospels in which Jesus discusses money, wealth, and taxes.
Over the last week, you’ve probably had many opportunities to hear and read the Biblical account of Easter week and Jesus’ resurrection. But the Gospel accounts aren’t quite finished yet!