God’s Laugh

The powers of darkness descended in hate,Maliciously, leeringly trying to baitTheir Victim, Creator, this self-emptied Man,Committed to wrecking their Maker’s bold plan. Seducing Iscariot, whipping the crowdTo lynch-mob ferocity (fear rages proud),Self-righteousness hoodwinked to murder the Lord—The angel of light is the lion that roared. Disowned and alone, by close friendship betrayed,Contemptuously punched while inContinue reading “God’s Laugh”

Good Friday

Good Friday is the most difficult day of Passion Week. Christ’s journey turned treacherous and acutely painful in these final hours leading to his death. According to Scripture, Judas Iscariot, the disciple who had betrayed Jesus, was overcome with remorse and hanged himself early Friday morning. Meanwhile, before the third hour (9 a.m.), Jesus endured the shame ofContinue reading “Good Friday”

Holy Wednesday

The Bible doesn’t say what the Lord did on the Wednesday of Passion Week. Scholars speculate that after two exhausting days in Jerusalem, Jesus and his disciples spent this day resting in Bethany in anticipation of Passover. Just a short time previously, Jesus had revealed to the disciples, and the world, that he had power over death by raisingContinue reading “Holy Wednesday”

How Is the Date for Easter Determined?

The four Gospels make it clear that Jesus was crucified in conjunction with the Jewish Passover (Matthew 26:17-19; Mark 14:12-16; Luke 22:7-15; John 18:28,39; 19:14). The four Gospels also make it clear that Jesus was raised from the dead three days later, on the first day of the week (Matthew 28:1; Mark 16:2,9; Luke 24:1; John 20:1,19). Biblically speaking, then, Christ’s resurrectionContinue reading “How Is the Date for Easter Determined?”