Showing posts from April, 2015

The Power of Jesus Name

There is a popular song that says, “There is power in the name of Jesus.” I grew up singing, “There is Power in the Blood.” These songs speak a truth that can transform our lives. We all face enemies in life.  However, our struggle is not against flesh and blood.  The Bible tells us as much.  In Ephesians 6:12, it tells us, “For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.” [i] The struggle we are in can impact us in a number of ways.  For example, the struggle we are in can bring fear and trouble, doubt and uncertainty and/or leave us lost and in the dark. The death of Jesus on the cross brought all of these on His disciples. Jesus spent 3 years building into the lives of a core group of 12, plus an assorted group of followers.  If we go by the number of people gathered together after the resurrection

The Resurrection

Read Mark 16:1-8 Jesus rose bodily from the grave. It is necessary to say bodily, because there are inventive storytellers in the world. There are those who say that Jesus never died. The theories, explanations and denials are too numerous to list.  Some say the disciples stole the body.  Some say that Jesus fainted.  Some say that Jesus is a mythical figure that never really existed. There have been recent claims that the tomb of Jesus has been discovered and that He stayed dead. The very morning He rose from the dead the resurrection was attacked.  The soldiers came back to Jerusalem with the report of the resurrection and immediately the Jewish leaders invented a story and paid the soldiers to tell everyone that the disciples had stolen the body. Muslims dispute the fact of Jesus's crucifixion, arguing that Allah would never have dishonored His prophet by allowing Him to undergo such a death. Muslims believe that Jesus was miraculously caught up in