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His Cost on Passover, Our Cost on Pentecost

June 8, 2014

Today is Pentecost Sunday the 50th day after Easter/Passover. One of the first holidays from the Bible “Shavuoth” (in Hebrew) is translated “week” (literally, “a period of sevens”). That is why many modern translations call this holiday the Feast of Weeks.

9001951_origThe root, Shava, is translated as both “seven” and “oath.” Shavuoth fits both definitions. Firstly, it is the day after the seventh week after Passover, thus on the 50th day (Pentecost in Greek). Secondly, it is the day they swore an oath to learn and obey the Torah they had presently received at Mount Sinai. (more…)

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What Jesus Began (Acts 1:1)

March 7, 2011

Luke wrote two books in our New Testament, the Gospel According to Luke and the book of Acts. In the opening of Acts, Luke says that his first book contains “everything Jesus began to do and teach until the day He was taken up to heaven…” Seems simple enough save for one specific word; began. The wondrous works of Christ for those first three years of public ministry are  merely the beginning. It seems all too easy to think of what Christ has done. But Luke is saying all that is important history however do not overlook the work that Christ is doing currently!

The Gospel is continuing. You are experiencing, or should be experiencing all the Christ is continuing “to do and to teach” to us even now. Just because He changed location (from earth to heaven) doesn’t mean He is through with the tutorial! Jesus is doing, Jesus is teaching, Jesus only began to do and teach in all that was recorded in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. That is not the completion of his story – birth, life, crucifixion, and resurrection… His story continues beyond the ascension and unto eternity even past his second coming.

Are you open to the Gospel? Do not just read the words and think that was only for that period of time. That was the beginning. Join Christ now in His ministry, in His ongoing work and instruction. Observe Jesus at work in your life and the life of others; and even that will only be the beginning. Your salvation; just a beginning. Your baptism; another beginning. Your life in Christ, fresh every morning, renewed daily and being continually sanctified. Wake up each day ready to see what God is beginning in you and those you walk with on this pilgrimage on earth.


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