He spoke it out loud. He declared it for all to hear. He uttered a loud cry to His Father in heaven for the whole world to know, and for every evil force to have to flee, for Christ’s work on the cross was complete.
Not only do dogs present us with an example to joyfully follow our Master and Lord, Jesus, but they also remind us of what it looks like to love without partiality and to lend our presence to those who are hurting.
Sadly, when I say most of our parents didn’t do the best job of talking to us about sex, I’m talking about more than just “the birds and the bees.” I also mean talking about sex in the context of God’s design, and teaching us about the beauty of this gift without attaching shame to it.
The Pharisees and Sadducees were important figures rising to prominence in Israel after the return from exile through the first century, but Jesus’ important message of salvation highlighted the problems with their religious traditions.
The time that Jesus was born, lived and died in was established and set in motion largely by the Roman Empire. So what should Christians know about the Roman Empire to help us understand the story of Easter?