Showing posts from March, 2017

Reflecting on What Jesus Has Done

Ephesians 4:22-24: To put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness (ESV).

It can sometimes be difficult to figure out just how we are to put off the old self. We develop character and habits that stay with us as we go throughout our lives. Our experiences have a way of shaping the way we think, feel, and react to certain situations. These ideas that we form along the way can be very difficult to refute, much less change. It is, though, something that we must do in order to live a new life in Jesus. How do we accomplish this daunting task? The truth is, we can't! The only way we can change is to allow God to change us from the inside out by the transforming power of the Holy Spirit. When we turn away from our former way of life and ask the Lord Jesus to come live on the inside …

Blood and Water Flowed

John 19:32-35: "The soldiers therefore came and broke the legs of the first man who had been crucified with Jesus, and then those of the other. But when they came to Jesus and found that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus' side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water. The man who saw it has given testimony, and his testimony is true. He knows that he tells the truth, and he testifies so that you also may believe" (NIV).

As part of our decision to remember all that Jesus accomplished on our behalf, as we approach Resurrection Sunday, my family and I discussed this passage of Scripture last night. We wondered why God put this piece of information in the Bible. Was it just to fulfill Scripture? Or, could there be more to it? This passage contains some pretty gross, descriptive language. The writer could have stopped by stating "the soldiers pierced Jesus' side with a spear". Why did he g…