Bearing Our Cross

Luke 9:23 is a well-known passage amongst us Christians, “If anyone would come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me.” Yet this passage is often misinterpreted. Most contend this passage is a generalisation about discipleship—that we have to be Christlike in all circumstances. Whilst I concede being Christlike is a […]

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A Life of Suffering

Galatians 6:17, I bear on my body the marks of Jesus. The season of Advent is the season leading up to Christmas when we remember the birth of Jesus Christ our King. It is a glorious day, but underneath it lies a somber tone, for we know the earthly fate of this King. Morbid philosophers express […]

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Death is not Death

Matthew 9:24, “The girl is not dead but sleeping.” Although the girl was indeed dead, to Jesus, she was only asleep. Thus, for us Christians, in death we merely fall asleep. It is not a euphemism such as, “she passed away,” in order to avoid the harsh affirmation that “she is dead” and the dark bereavement […]

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Baptism Kills and Recreates

Romans 6:4, We were buried, therefore, with Him by baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. Baptism performs two things in us: it kills us in our sin and raises us as new creatures who […]

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Life After Death

John 11:17-27, Now when Jesus came, He found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days. Bethan was near Jerusalem, about two miles off, and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them concerning their brother. So when Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went to Him, but […]

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Rejection

Rejection is painful. I know all about rejection. My ex-fiancé rejected me when she cheated on me while I was at basic training, women constantly reject me when I ask them out on dates, and people I think to be my friends reject me when they speak lies about me behind my back. Even my […]

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His Love Endures Forever

Psalm 118:1, Oh give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; for His steadfast love endures forever! Often at funerals, whether we attend one ourselves or watch one on a fictional TV show, the minister will say something like this, “He will live on in the memory of his friends and family.” How depressing it […]

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The Christian’s Comfort in Death

John 19:25, …but standing by the cross of Jesus were His mother and His mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. As Jesus hung on the Cross, beaten to a pulp, the Roman soldiers and citizens mocked Him, saying, “He saved others; let Him save Himself, if He is the Christ of God, His […]

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Killing Lazarus

John 12:9-11, When the large crowd of the Jews learnt that Jesus was there, they came, not only on account of Him but also to see Lazarus, whom He had raised from the dead. So the chief priests made plans to put Lazarus to death as well, because on account of him many of the Jews […]

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Jesus: The Lousy Funeral Director

John 11:38-44, Then Jesus, deeply moved again, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay against it. Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to Him, “Lord, by this time there will be an odor, for he has been dead four days.” Jesus said to her, “Did I […]

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