1. The gospel of Jesus’ coming out of death and the tomb alive so that we might be restored to our identity as God’s children establishes the most enduring reality there is.
  2. Christ has come to make every last aspect of your life the object of his eternal, never-ending, always transitive grace.
  3. On Good Friday, poetic justice is satisfied. Poetic mercy is all which remains.
  4. On this Maundy Thursday, in particular, let the “for you” of Christ’s gifts dominate.
  5. Out there the instincts to protect yourself from embarrassment, ridicule, and rejection can easily overcome you as they did Peter. Our only hope is in Peter’s Lord.
  6. Betrayed. It is a word which chills the soul and sickens the stomach. To be betrayed is to have a friend turn on you, treating you as an enemy.
  7. It is good to remember that this true story, is also beautiful.
  8. The Lord sees the blood of the Lamb upon us, but does not merely pass over us in mercy. He passes into us by grace.
  9. Passion Week preaching is not simply preaching about the events leading up to Jesus’ crucifixion but to announce to the world how through this single death, sins are answered for, and God is reconciled with humanity.
  10. Preaching the inseparability of Jesus and Jerusalem is to proclaim God’s Messiah and the fulfillment of the Scriptures.
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