He Is Risen!

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  1. Linn says:

    Indeed! Happy Easter!

  2. Dan from Georgia says:

    Happy Easter! He is Risen!

  3. JD says:

    I lay My life down
    That I might take it up again
    I lay My life down
    That I might take it up again
    These are not the words of an ordinary man
    Jesus, Who died and rose again

  4. Owen says:

    He is risen indeed! Therein lies our hope.

    I don’t get a chance to write here much, but I have read and followed for years.

    I want to raise a huge thank you to Michael for continuing to host, and for the contributors here, for keeping the faith, often in the face of much opposition.
    Thanks be to God!

  5. Michael says:

    Thank you, Owen…blessings to you and your family.

    Happy Easter to all…

  6. Reuben says:

    Happy Easter all!

  7. Xenia says:

    Happy Easter to all the western Christians!

    Not Easter for us yet- it’s May 5 this year.

  8. Elena says:

    He Is Risen Indeed 🙌
    Praying blessings and comfort over you!

  9. Captain Kevin says:

    Happy Resurrection Day everyone!!

  10. Alan says:

    What about Mt 27:51-53
    It’s timing ?
    It’s meaning?
    It’s significance?

  11. Jean says:

    What about Mt 27:51-53
    It’s timing ? Coincident with Christ’s death
    It’s meaning? The barrier between God and man on account of sin, symbolized by the curtain, was taken down (rendered obsolete) as a result of the once for all sin offering of Christ’s own person for the benefit of all of mankind.

    The shaking of the earth, the splitting of the rocks and the resurrection of the saints symbolize God’s judgment, end of the old age, and the beginning of a new age. Jesus is the second Adam.

    It’s significance? Believers are baptized into Christ’s death and resurrection. Thus Paul describes believers as those “to whom the end of the ages has come.”

    This is partly why believers consider themselves sojourners in this old world. By faith the end of the ages has come, and believers are already citizens of the age to come. Life here in the old is relativized compared to life to come in the new. For the believer, death is but a sleep.

    What do others think?

  12. Michael says:

    As usual, I only have a minute.

    This is one of those passages where instead of working out literal details, we should be asking what the author is trying to tell us.

    He’s telling us that judgment has come upon the Temple system…the end has come and a new age is dawning….meanwhile, American evangelicals await the sacrifice of the red heifer…it’s better that I have little time, sometimes…

  13. Alan says:

    These are good responses. Not far from my ow.

  14. Josh says:

    It exposed that the 2nd Temple Holy of Holies was a sham, right?
    Wizard of Oz, pay no attention to the man behind the curtain. The glory never returned, yet the gatekeepers profited from having that curtain up and pretending that the glory was there.

    Sounds quite familiar.

  15. Captain Kevin says:

    Red heifer. I used to buy into that crap.

  16. Reuben says:

    So glad I am not a Biblical literalist anymore

  17. Jean says:

    “meanwhile, American evangelicals await the sacrifice of the red heifer…”

    Michael, the theology that you mention here is not only IMV false, but it is Christological error of the highest order. If Christ is the end of the law for righteousness, if Christ fulfilled the function of the atonement seat, if God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself, then how on earth could any Christian think that God would return to an animal sacrificial system? To me such theology says that the cross of Christ, his spilt blood and his suffering death were incomplete and insufficient to atone for the sins of the world.

  18. Xenia says:

    When I was a Calvary Chapelite, I thought at the time that the whole red heifer rigamarole was to be just a sign of the times: when Israel has rebuilt the temple and all the sacrificial equipment was collected, including the red heifer, then the End is nigh. I never thought we Christians were going to participate in animal sacrifices, I thought that the Lord would return when all these things were set in place. I couldn’t figure out how it fit on the Dispensationalist timeline but I thought it was fairly innocuous.

    However, I later had conversations with some people in CC leadership (not my old pastor) who not only believed Christians were going to participate in animal sacrifices but that the literal King David, the one who ruled Israel 3000 years ago, was going to rule the Millennial Kingdom.

    This is extremely counter Christian theology, a heresy of heresies.

  19. Xenia says:

    On the other end of the End Times spectrum, I recently had a conversation with a pastor (not CC) who was a post-millennialist, who believes that Christ can’t return until every single person on earth is a devout Christian and the nations will have beaten their swords into plowshares and the lions were laying down with the lambs. He believes that Christ can only return to a “spotless Bride.” I said “what about when Jesus asked if He would find any faith on the earth when He returned” and the response was “What does the word “earth” really mean in this verse?” So there we go again: Theology by Greek dictionary.

  20. Captain Kevin says:

    “ However, I later had conversations with some people in CC leadership (not my old pastor) who not only believed Christians were going to participate in animal sacrifices but that the literal King David, the one who ruled Israel 3000 years ago, was going to rule the Millennial Kingdom.”

    Xenia, I’m glad that in over 30 years as a CC guy, I never once heard this. What I heard a few times was the more innocuous version you mentioned.

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