Posts by Origins Church (Page 4)

Posts by Origins Church (Page 4)

April 26, 2019

It’s not the end.   The resurrection wasn’t the end. To the contrary, it was the beginning. Jesus walking triumphantly out of the grave was the first step in his kingdom and his authority being a reality in this world. His resurrection from the dead and freedom from the grave were the first of many events leading to the promises of Revelation. There will be a new…

April 25, 2019

His resurrection was physical.   Jesus truly rose from the dead. He came back. His body, the same one beaten and abused a few days prior, was brought back to life and he walked among us. He ate with his followers, he appeared, and he made himself known. Thomas put his fingers in the holes in Jesus’ palms. He came back and he came back physically.   This is…

April 24, 2019

The prophecies laid the foundation.   It wasn’t a shot in the dark. It wasn’t that Jesus got lucky. It wasn’t like he made the story up after and it sounded good. The prophecies about God’s coming salvation were hundreds of years prior to Jesus. There were so many of them. They all had very specific details about who was supposed to be and where he came from.…

April 23, 2019

The stone is great evidence.   When they buried Jesus’ body they placed him in a borrowed grave and they sealed it with his body in it. The Roman government was so concerned about the political backlash of this event that they set guards in front of the tomb to protect it from vandalism and tampering.   In spite of a two-ton stone, a sealed entrance,…

April 22, 2019

This week we’re going to look at some of the many amazing details about the resurrection.   There were so many witnesses.   The resurrection wasn’t a small story made up under the conspiracy of Jesus’ earliest followers. On the contrary, there were so many people who saw Jesus after his resurrection. 1 Corinthians tells us that there were over 500 people…

April 19, 2019

Our Incredible Hope Propels Proclamation These women were the first witnesses and were the first commissioned to profess Christ’s resurrection. Their stunned amazement quickly turned to proclamation (Mark 16:7-8). They did not have time to soak in the wonderful reality of the good news that Jesus had risen, but they went immediately and announced it to the disciples. They…

April 18, 2019

Our Incredible Hope Exacts Excitement These women were amazed when they arrived (Mark 16:6). They came to the grave expecting to find Jesus’ dead body, but instead, there was an angel. Mark says they were “alarmed.” The word means to be utterly astonished or greatly amazed. It means to be moved to a relatively intense emotional state because of something causing great…

April 17, 2019

Our Incredible Hope Develops Devotion Pilate granted Joseph’s request and Joseph, along with the Pharisee, Nicodemus, took Jesus’ body and gave Him an honorable burial in a tomb that Joseph had bought. In verse 47, we see that the two Marys who had been with Jesus while He was alive and who were witnesses to His death on the cross had followed Joseph and Nicodemus and saw…

April 16, 2019

Our Incredible Hope Compels Courage The effect on Joseph of Arimathea was that of courage (Mark 15:42-47). Joseph had been a secret follower of Christ, and when Christ died he stopped hiding and courageously stepped forward to show his love for Christ. Joseph was a respected member of the Sanhedrin. He was part of the Sanhedrin that had conducted a ridiculous trial of…

April 15, 2019

This week we’re going to be taking a look at some of the wonderful effects of the Resurrection and the hope that it provides us. This week’s devotions come from Crossroads Bible College.   Load-bearing walls support the weight of the house. You don’t take those down, because if you do the house will come tumbling down. The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the…

April 12, 2019

Friday “If you hold fast to the word which I preached to you – unless you believed in vain”   This is a verse often used to try and defend the idea that people can lose their salvation. The idea is that once you’ve been bad enough you are no longer saved and need to start all over. There are so many problems with that line of thinking we could do a week full of…

April 11, 2019

Thursday “and by which you are being saved” It’s easy to look back at years of faith and progress and to find pride creeping back in. We’ve come so far from where we were when Jesus found us, and it can be easy to grow content or even arrogant in that. We can turn our backs on others who might be in the same struggle we were in, but haven’t found the freedom we…