Why Jesus Had to be in the Tomb for Three Days

Because it has to be made certain that Jesus was really dead. If he was resurrected few hours later, modern Bible readers would think that he was just in a coma and he was not really dead. 

The three day period is one good way to make sure, beyond a shadow of doubt, that Jesus did die and he rose again. The truthfulness of the Christian religion rests mainly on the resurrection. If Jesus didn’t die, he could not be resurrected. And if he was not resurrected, our faith is useless (1 Corinthians 15:14). 

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Misapplying Scripture

Over at The Cripplegate, Nathan Busenitz wrote about the misapplications of Philippians 4:13:

By taking this verse out of context, many people have actually turned it on its head—making it mean the opposite of what it actually means. They have turned it into a slogan of personal empowerment—a declaration of self-achievement, ambition, and accomplishment. For many, this verse has been trivialized into some sort of motivating motto for material prosperity, career advancement, or athletic success.

But in reality it is nothing of the sort.

You can read the whole post here.

The Superiority of Jesus

Kevin DeYoung:

The big idea in the first verses of Hebrews is the big idea for the whole book of Hebrews. God has spoken by his Son, and this Son is superior to all persons, heavenly beings, institutions, rituals, and previous means of revelation and redemption. Christ is superior to:

  • Angels (Hebrews 1-2)
  • Moses (Hebrews 3)
  • Joshua (Hebrews 3-4)
  • Aaron (Hebrews 5)
  • Abraham (Hebrews 6)
  • Melchizedek (Hebrews 7)
  • The old covenant (Hebrews 8)
  • The tabernacle (Hebrews 9)
  • The high priest (Hebrews 10)
  • The treasures of this world (Hebrews 11)
  • Mount Sinai (Hebrews 12)
  • The city we have here on earth (Hebrews 13)

The Son is our Great Superlative, surpassing all others because in him we have the fullness and finality of God’s redemption and revelation.

Radical Since 1984

Victory Christian Fellowship is currently celebrating its 30th anniversary of ministry here in the Philippines with the theme “Radical Since 1984.” As I preached the first and third installments of the five-week preaching series here in Victory Tacloban, the theme really got me thinking. Why do we call it radical in the first place?

Following Jesus is radical because it goes against the expectations of the world. For the world, the road to fame and glory is by forging your way up; in Christianity, Jesus’ way to glory was by sacrificing and dying.

The world thinks this is radical, unusual, and crazy. The Bible teaches this is the way to live. And the idea of radicalism is displayed more prominently in the area of discipleship where Jesus taught his disciples that the way to follow him is by dying. Luke 9:23-26 minces no words about Jesus’ expectations of his disciples.

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What We Really Look For

All your life, you’ve been on a treasure hunt. You’ve been searching for a perfect person and a perfect place. Jesus is that person; heaven is that place. So if you’re a Christian, you’ve already met that person, and you’re already headed to that place. 

–Randy Alcorn