Messiah!

“So will My word be
which goes forth from My mouth;
It will not return to Me empty,
Without accomplishing what I desire,
And without succeeding in the matter
for which I sent it.”

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Dawn of Joy

For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures… 1 Corinthians 15:3–4 LSB – Into the devastation of our world came the God-man […]

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Sabbath Mourning

Then Jesus said to them, “You will all fall away because of Me this night, for it is written, ‘I WILL STRIKE DOWN THE SHEPHERD, AND THE SHEEP OF THE FLOCK SHALL BE SCATTERED.’” Matthew 26:31 LSB Men scattered by their fears, Mourning without hope in bleakest sorrow. Hearts rent by bitter tears; Ungrasped yet—His […]

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The Veil Torn

When the sixth hour came, darkness fell over the whole land until the ninth hour. At the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?” which is translated, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” And when some of the bystanders heard it, they began saying, “Behold, He […]

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Psalm 118: A Passover Song

After singing a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. Mark 14:26 LSB – Psalm 118 is a song of Passover; it is the last psalm of the ‘Egyptian Hallel,’ a group of Psalms sung annually at Passover. Derek Kidner explains: “A short run of psalms used at the yearly Passover begins here […]

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The Passover Lamb

Now during the day He was teaching in the temple, but during the night He would go out and spend it on the mount called “of Olives.” And all the people would get up early in the morning to come to Him in the temple to listen to Him. Now the Feast of Unleavened Bread, […]

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The Cornerstone

The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief corner stone. This is from Yahweh; It is marvelous in our eyes. Psalm 118:22–23 LSB – If you look in the Gospels, you’ll find records of Jesus’ intense confrontations with the religious leaders during Holy Week. Matthew, Mark, and Luke record the heightening tension on […]

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Messiah!

Many people know that Handel wrote the music for Messiah, however, the man who chose the Bible passages for its libretto and gave them to Handel is hardly known at all. His name was Charles Jennens, and Messiah was born out of a tragic event in his life. Dr. Al Mohler, President of The Southern […]

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“Comfort Ye My People”

Two years ago I read a mystery by George Bellairs that opens on Christmas Eve 1940 as Detective-Inspector Littlejohn is traveling to meet his wife who has evacuated to Yorkshire after their London flat was destroyed in the Blitz. On Christmas night they visit the Methodist church in a small village to hear the choir […]

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