Christians in the Western-influenced world tend to trivialise suffering. We know that everyone who lives a godly life is supposed to suffer persecution (2 Timothy 3:12) and, since we don’t often experience the same kind of suffering that the first-century Christians experienced, we tend to
In the face of death, Christians frequently embrace, as a form of hope, the promise that the deceased is “absent from the body” but “present with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:8). This is typically taken to mean that the soul, separated from the body, goes
On Good Friday, we considered together Psalm 88, which is universally considered the darkest of all the Psalms. In that Psalm, Heman the Ezrahite lamented before the Lord and concluded that darkness was his only friend. It is a fitting Psalm to reflect on in
The truth of the reality of the resurrection is a wonder to behold. But as our text helps us to see, we need more than historical proof; we need revelation from God. We need God to illumine our hearts that Jesus has risen indeed.