Five Points Blog
- JJ Sherwood
- Mar 30, 2013
"When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, 'It is finished,' and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit."
"These are the greatest and most momentous words that were ever spoken upon the earth since the beginning of the world. Who does not find in them a cry of victory? It is a shout of triumph, which announces to the kingdom of darkness its complete overthrow and to the kingdom of heaven upon earth is eternal establishment. How wonderful! At the very moment when, for the Hero of Judah, all seems lost, His words declare that all is won and accomplished! Our Lord's exclamation is like the sound of a heavenly jubilee trumpet, and annouces to the race of Adam, which was under the curse, the commencement of a free and sabbatic year, which will ever more extensively display its blessing, but never come to an end. Listen, and it will appear to you as if in the words, 'It is finished!' you heard fetters burst, and prison walls fall down. At these words, barriers as high as heaven are overthrown, and gates which had been closed for thousands of years, again move on their hinges."
~ FW Krummacher, The Suffering Savior (Banner of Truth, 2004), 403
- Brent Nelson
- Mar 29, 2013
All the evidence is clear: Jesus Christ claims to be the king, God’s Son, and that means he rules over all things including death. Since the tomb was empty on the third day after he rose from the dead, everything changes. How should the resurrection affect your life and mine—we who believe that God raised Jesus from the dead?
Here are three brief answers to the many that could be given.
First, we will undertake risky, generous acts of love and kindness even to our enemies: “But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just” (Luke 14:13-14).
Second, If we believe the resurrection to be true and stake our hope in it, we will endure all kinds of dangers and hardships for the sake of proclaiming this great news. “If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied … Why are we in danger every hour? … If the dead are not raised, ‘Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die’” (1 Corinthians 15:19-32). “But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first-fruits of those who have fallen asleep” (1 Corinthians 15:20).
Third, because of the resurrection, we do not place all hope in our bodies—how they look or work or feel. Rather, we place our hope in the life to come, in which our bodies will never fail and last forever: “We do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison” (2 Corinthians 4:16).
How does the hope of the resurrection shape your life today?
Join us Sunday as we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. We'll be having two morning services at 9am and 10:45am—invite your neighbors, family, and friends to rejoice together over the reality that the Lord is risen.
- JJ Sherwood
- Mar 29, 2013
"And when they came to a place called Golgotha (which means Place of a Skull), they offered him win to drink, mixed with gall, but when he tasted it, he would not drink it. And when they had crucified him, they divided his garments among them by casting lots. Then they sat dow and kept watch over him there."
"Four barbarous men, inred to the most dreadful of employments, approach the Holy One of Israel, and offer Him, first of all, a stupifying potion composed of wine and myrrh, as usual at executions. The Lord disdains the draught, because He desires to submit to the will of his heavenly Father with full consciousness, and to drink the last drop of the accursed cup. The executioners then take the Lamb of God between them, and begin their horrid occupation by tearing, with rude hands, the clothes from off His body. There He stands, whose garment once was the light, and the stars of heaven the fringe of His robe, covered only with the crimson of His blood, and divested of all that adorned Him, not only before men, but also in His character as Surety, before God - reminding us of Adam in paradise, only that instead of hiding Himself behind the trees at the voice of God, He cheerfully goes toward it..."
~ FW Krummacher, The Suffering Savior (Banner of Truth, 2004), 335
- JJ Sherwood
- Mar 28, 2013
Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, “Sit here, while I go over there and pray.” And taking with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he began to be sorrowful and troubled. Then he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch with me.”
"Look, what a scene! Again and again does the Son cast Himself on His Father's bosom, with ardent supplication; but His ear listens in vain for a favourable Amen! from on high. There is neither voice, nor response, nor attention, as if the Eternal had in wrath retracted His words, 'Call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver thee, thou shalt glorify me!' and had no longer a heart for Him, who lay in His bosom before the foundation of the world. The cup of horror does not pass from the trembling sufferer; on the contrary, its contents become every moment more bitter. Louder sound the cries of the agonizing Saviour; more urgent becomes His prayer; but the Lofty One is silent, and heaven seems barred as with a thousand bolts."
~ FW Krummacher, The Suffering Savior, (Banner of Truth, 2004), 101
- JJ Sherwood
- Mar 27, 2013
"For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God."
2 Corinthians 5:21
"All that mankind have heaped up to themselves against the day of God’s holy and righteous wrath — their forgetfulness of God, their selfish conduct, their disobedience, pride, worldly-mindedness, their filthy lusts, hypocrisy, falsehood, hardheartedness, and deceit — all are united and mingled in this cup, and ferment together into a horrible potion. ‘Shall I not drink this cup?’ asks the Saviour. ‘Yes,’ we reply, ‘empty it, beloved Immanuel! We will kiss thy feet, and offer up ourselves to Thee upon Thy holy altar!’ He has emptied it, and not a drop remains for His people. The satisfaction He rendered was complete, the reconciliation effected, and now nothing remains for us but to sing Hallelujah!"
~ FW Krummacher, The Suffering Savior, (Banner of Truth, 2004), 139