Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The Grand Reversal

They taunted Jesus, "You said You could raise the the temple in three days if we destroyed, how about You get Yourself down off that cross! Can You do that?!" But Jesus wasn't about to come down off that cross because He was planning to come up from the grave as Victor over All, even death, but that came through having His Temple torn down! Jesus wasn't going to bring Himself down, He was going to raise Himself up!

Monday, April 4, 2011

The Balance of Grace

The Christian life is a hard balance of being devastated by our personal sinfulness and exuberant over God grace to us in Christ by the Spirit, i.e., to cling to God's grace without abusing it (using it to sin more, instead of being compelled by it to sin less and be more broken by our sin). Grace indeed compels us to joy and freedom as much as it compels us to Godliness not sinfulness.