Why the Resurrection Matters

I have believed for many years that the most important week in world history is Holy Week--the seven day period when Jesus of Nazareth arrived to fanfare in Jerusalem, died on a Roman cross of torture, and three days later was raised to life.

Of those seven days, Good Friday stands as the centerpiece--the day God substituted the death of His own Son in the place of humanity's sin to bring forgiveness to all who believe. Good Friday was a day of atonement--a "covering" of our rebellion by the agonizing love of God.

Recently I've been thinking more about the Resurrection. It wasn't the day of redemption. It didn't have anything to do forgiving our sins.

But the Resurrection matters.


Here's why.

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Neil Gorsuch and the Spirit of Lawlessness

This month in my morning devotions I finished reading the book of Deuteronomy. Eugene Peterson calls it the world's longest sermon by the world's oldest preacher.

I love Deuteronomy because it clearly lays out the landscape of the moral world. This fifth book of Moses is really an "Instruction Manual for Wise Living" from ancient times. The main idea is still relevant. When we love God and obey his commands, great blessings flow. But when we turn away from God's blueprints for living, all hell can break loose because right and wrong have consequences.

By Friday the US Senate will confirm Neil Gorsuch as an associate justice on the United States Supreme Court. Gorsuch probably shares my opinion on Deuteronomy. It was the most widely quoted book during the Constitutional Convention.

Neil Gorsuch is a Constitutionalist.

Will God use his appointment to help stop the tide of lawlessness in our nation?

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