Dale’s death brought a sting into Craig's soul that he had never felt before. The counterbalance to this great loss was the incredible blessing of seeing him die well. It is common to see people living well. But, when death comes knocking, it is uncommon to see someone look death in the face, not wince, and full of peace in their heart and joy on their face boldly declare, “I’m ready to go Home.” Craig shares from his own experience how we can hold on to the hope of the eternal even in the face of death.
Have you ever played the game where one person holds an item, hidden behind their back, while the other person has to guess which hand holds the item? The game is simple - pick one! In Deuteronomy 30:19-20, God offers two things straight from His hands for us to pick - life and death, blessings and curses. The one we pick reflects our relationship with God.
Why Resurrection Matters
The fact is, the resurrection makes a difference every single day. It affects our here and now. It has significance because it tells us who we are. It says we are God’s handiwork. God is doing the work in us through the power of the resurrection, the same power that raised Jesus. That power transforms us every day.
God on Display During Passion Week (Take Five)
This is Passion week, when we focus on Christ’s sacrifice for us. From Palm Sunday and the cries of “Hosanna!” to the darkness of Good Friday and the joy of Easter Sunday, we see God’s grace on display. Our hope is that these links would give you a encouragement as we enter Easter, and that you would be transformed by remembering Christ’s death and resurrection.
Reflecting on Jesus’ Death on the Cross; Good Friday (Lent Series Week 7)
Our sin brings death into the world, making it the end of all our lives and separating us from God. Our rebellion brought about consequences that we cannot remedy on our own, and without any sort of intervention this is how it would have remained. But in his mercy, the God who created us volunteered to enter the game, face the enemy, taste the consequence of our rebellion, and destroy it forever. Only with the death of Jesus on Good Friday do we get the joy of Easter Sunday.