O come, O come, Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear.
I had the
privilege of officiating a funeral a week or so ago for a dear and faithful
servant of Christ’s Church. I mentioned
at the beginning that fortunately, I don’t have too much experience leading
funerals…and I’m not so sure I’m the best person to do one.
they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. And Jesus said to
them, “You will all fall away...
“Yes, I’m here to be your king…but I’m not that kind of king.”
As we move through Mark’s account of the original Holy Week, I feel this is the reoccurring theme.
Centuries before the arrival of Christ, the prophet Isaiah was sent to warn God’s people of ruin that was coming upon their cities and impending exile into Babylon. He did this in part by telling a story of a land-owner who planted a vineyard and did everything possible to nourish its fruit (Isaiah 5)...
In Mark’s account of the triumphal entry, Jesus seems less than thrilled with the local plant life. In verse 14, He curses a fig tree after finding no fruit on its leaves. A few verses later, He passes by the same tree with His disciples, and Peter notices it hasn’t fared so well since. It is the episode in between that perhaps clues us in on why all the fig hostilities...
Without fail, the week leading up to Easter is always one of, if not my favorite week of the year. There is something very meaningful about the people of Christ gathering to remember together the central events of their redemption and life.
Welcome to our new Blog. During Holy Week (March 20-27, 2016) Pastor Aaron will be providing daily devotional thoughts that you can access anytime at GraceBFC.org (simply click the link on the home page or go to the menu for New & Events / Easter Blog).