A Resume for God

Everyone is fairly familiar with the concept of a resume.  In Europe and other places, it’s also frequently called a “curriculum vitae,” which is Latin for basically “the course of my life.”  So, a resume details the course of your life: where you went to school, what you studied, where you’ve worked, what skills you have.  The idea is that prospective …

"God will provide for Himself the lamb for the sacrifice"

In Genesis 22:1-18, Abraham is tested by God.  In Mark 1:9-15, Jesus is tempted by Satan.  Note the difference between the “testing” in Genesis and the “tempting” of Jesus in Mark’s Gospel.  God “tests” Abraham, but Satan “tempts” Jesus; as St. James notes, God doesn’t tempt us (James 1:12-18). So, God tells Abraham to take his only-begotten son Isaac and …

He is risen!

On Good Friday Jesus was crucified between two criminals, brought down from the cross before nightfall, and placed dead in the tomb of Joseph of Arimathea.  He rested in the tomb on Saturday, the Sabbath.  Then, on Sunday, the first day of the week, he rose from the dead and lives.  He is risen! All this was foretold from the …

Good Friday

The Apostle John records: “When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, ‘It is finished’, and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit” (John 19:30).     Prior to the intrusion of sin into the world, God had walked in the garden of Eden with Adam and Eve and gave them a way to respond to His …

The Passover Lamb

On Maundy (i.e. Holy) Thursday, the day before Jesus was crucified, he sat down to eat the Passover meal with his disciples.  This is popularly known as “The Last Supper” and is depicted in art and popular culture.  There is a great significance in this meal. The Passover had been instituted by the Lord and is described in the book …

Glory

The Gospel reading for Palm Sunday is most of John chapter 12.  This text recounts the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem for the final week leading up to his crucifixion.  There’s a lot that can be said about this chapter, but one thing I want to key in on is John’s quotations from Isaiah later in the chapter.  John notes …