All posts tagged Pharisees

Jesus’ Ministry During Holy Week

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Jesus’ ministry during the final week of his life was directed at one group of people in particular. Can you think which group it was? Here’s a hint: He didn’t come to condemn, He came to save the world. (John 3:17) Jesus’ ministry to those who hated him. A close examination of that final week […]

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Shock and Faith: Saul and Ananias

Who was more shocked, Saul or Ananias after that fateful trip to Damascus? Both of them displayed shock, faith and courage in following what God had just dumped into their lives. For his part, Saul/Paul of Tarsus was on a zealous mission to defend the God whom he believed members of The Way–Christians–were blaspheming. He had received […]

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Holy Saturday: Now What?

Holy Saturday

Every year on “Holy Saturday,” I wonder what Jesus was doing. We finished Good Friday with a somber Tenebrae service, which usually leaves me silent and reflective. I know the hallelujahs, white lilies and terrific music of Easter Sunday are coming. (Along with breaking my annual chocolate fast with . . .  plenty) But Holy Saturday catches me […]

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Why Raise Lazarus from the Dead?

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Why did Jesus raise Lazarus of Bethany from the dead? The story has come up in my life three times this week and since this is about the time it happened nearly two thousand years ago, I thought it worth examining. You probably know the story (found in John 11): Jesus and his disciples were out […]

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What Does it Take to Kill Jesus?

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What did the Romans have to do to kill Jesus on Good Friday? Nothing. They were pawns in God’s hand. That’s not exactly true. They had to play along with Pontius Pilate, who was manipulated by the High Priest Caiphas and his minions–men who decided it was better that one man should die (Jesus) than […]

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