Pierced for Our Transgressions

On this day some 2,000 years ago, Jesus atoned for the sins of his people once and for all. It was a Good Friday.

Isaiah 52:13-53:12 (ESV)

Behold, my servant shall act wisely;
he shall be high and lifted up,
and shall be exalted.
As many were astonished at you—
his appearance was so marred, beyond human semblance,
and his form beyond that of the children of mankind—
so shall he sprinkle many nations;
kings shall shut their mouths because of him;
for that which has not been told them they see,
and that which they have not heard they understand.

Who has believed what he has heard from us?
And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
For he grew up before him like a young plant,
and like a root out of dry ground;
he had no form or majesty that we should look at him,
and no beauty that we should desire him.
He was despised and rejected by men;
a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief;
and as one from whom men hide their faces
he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

Surely he has borne our griefs
and carried our sorrows;
yet we esteemed him stricken,
smitten by God, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions;
he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
and with his wounds we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray;
we have turned—every one—to his own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.

He was oppressed, and he was afflicted,
yet he opened not his mouth;
like a lamb that is led to the slaughter,
and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent,
so he opened not his mouth.
By oppression and judgment he was taken away;
and as for his generation, who considered
that he was cut off out of the land of the living,
stricken for the transgression of my people?
And they made his grave with the wicked
and with a rich man in his death,
although he had done no violence,
and there was no deceit in his mouth.

Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him;
he has put him to grief;
when his soul makes an offering for guilt,
he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days;
the will of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.
Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see and be satisfied;
by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant,
make many to be accounted righteous,
and he shall bear their iniquities.
Therefore I will divide him a portion with the many,
and he shall divide the spoil with the strong,
because he poured out his soul to death
and was numbered with the transgressors;
yet he bore the sin of many,
and makes intercession for the transgressors.

Please read this if you have never truly repented of your sins and put your faith in the Son of God alone for your salvation.

Cliven Bundy: Wrong Nationality

This Tweet of the Day is prompted by the Bundy Ranch saga over in Nevada.

Jesus: “Stop Sinning Or Else”

Remember the story where Jesus healed the man by the pool of Bethesda? John 5:14 says:

Later Jesus found him at the temple and said to him, “See, you are well again. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you.”

Notice what Jesus did not say:

  • Do whatever makes you happy.
  • Live your best life now.
  • Think more positive thoughts.

Nope. Jesus essentially told the man to repent of his sins or experience divine judgment. Jesus did not ignore the man’s sins. He confronted them. It was the most loving thing Jesus could have done and we should do likewise.

Don’t Sell Short the Gospel

Here is a passage of Scripture that we’ve no doubt heard:

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. (1 Corinthians 6:9-10)

The list is interesting. Thieves and adulterers. Greedy people and idolaters. Drunkards and homosexuals. I don’t think Paul is trying to equate any of these sins with each other– other than the fact that they are sins and they prevent access into God’s kingdom. And since homosexuality seems to be the popular topic these days, let me clarify. When looking at the issue of homosexuality being a sin, Paul is not just talking about underage male prostitutes as some liberals attempt to portray. The Greek term used here refers explicitly to the “active” and “passive” roles in the homosexual relationship. Men having sex with men is definitely sinful.

But if that’s all we preach, we are selling short the Gospel of Jesus Christ. (more…)

Who Would Hire A Creationist, Anyways?

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Bill Nye (left) and Ken Ham debate the origins of life.

One of the main purposes of Bill Nye’s appearance in the Creation Debate with Ken Ham was to make an appeal to Americans. He is uber concerned that Christian parents are filling their children’s impressionable minds with literal, six-day creation nonsense. Mr. Nye presupposes that God doesn’t exist; therefore, it should surprise no one that he would vehemently oppose any attempt at indoctrinating children with a biblical worldview concerning origins. While this line of thinking is predictable for someone who denies God,  the idea that Christian parents teaching their kids the biblical, six-day creation account in Genesis is harmful to this nation’s scientific endeavors is ridiculous on its face.

Let’s be clear. Bill Nye and his evolutionist followers are claiming that teaching kids creationism will hinder their ability to become great scientists.

So here are three questions for Mr. Nye: (more…)

Three Common Objections from Abortion Supporters

My son, Caleb, at 24 weeks.

My son, Caleb, at 24 weeks.

In honor of National Sanctity of Human Life Sunday, I want to share three common objections (and answers to these objections) that I see when interacting with abortion supporters (people who typically describe themselves as “pro-choice”). (As an aside, no one would make a distinction between actually supporting thievery itself and supporting a thief’s choice to steal… but I digress.) (more…)

A Biblical Response to “Should We Be So Opinionated?”

While attempting to answer the difficult question, “Should We Be So Opinionated?“, the author asserted that Christians aren’t asked to defend the faith. Here’s the quote:

…making disciples isn’t about defending our faith (something were never asked to do)…

Scriptures most definitely affirm the Christian’s responsibility to defend our faith. Consider these passages: (more…)

The Five Solae of the Reformation

Martin Luther nails his 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church of Wittenberg on Oct. 31, 1517.

Martin Luther nails his 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church of Wittenberg on Oct. 31, 1517.

In honor of Reformation Day, I have provided a brief summary of what is commonly referred to as the five solae of the reformation.

Sola Scriptura

Latin for “Scripture alone.” It was one of the core tenets that distinguished the reformers from the Roman Catholic church. Sola Scriptura means that the Bible is the ultimate authority for matters of faith and Christian living. It also encompasses the belief that any believer is able to read and understand Scripture. These beliefs were in stark contrast with Catholicism which erroneously held that Scripture and church tradition had equal authority on the believer. The Roman Catholic church also held the view that only the clergy within the Catholic church could reliably interpret Scriptures. (more…)

Disarmed on the Homefront

A soldier in Iraq.

Leland Lavoie in Iraq. Image courtesy of Tony Alter.

In Iraq and Afghanistan, soldiers are armed with machine guns, tanks, and helicopters. Under the most stressful of circumstances, they must identify friend or foe and decide whether or not to engage while complying with the UCMJ, Geneva Conventions, Army regulations, and any special orders. Soldiers spend over a year at a time in a combat theater of operations while carrying their M16/M4 with a full loadout of 210 rounds. Often, a soldier carries his weapon everywhere– to the chow hall, barber shop, and Post Exchange. He even sleeps with his weapon.

(more…)

Fetus Feels Pain at Eight Weeks

Dr. Condic testifies before Congress that the consensus of the scientific and medical community is that a fetus feels pain by eight weeks.

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