He did not say anything to them without using a parable.... Mark 4:34
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In March 2003, the U.S. led a coalition that ousted Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq. Most people recall the image of happy Iraqis dancing around the fallen dictator's toppled statue in Baghdad. They were rejoicing because there had been a regime change! The dictator had been removed. The hope of something better stood before them—perhaps even freedom.
But things quickly grew complicated. While many welcomed the change and worked to bring about a new free government, many violently opposed it. Likewise, there was likewise a regime change over the whole world 2000 years ago when Jesus was raised from the dead and declared Lord over all mankind (Philippians 2:9-11). A vicious dictator (Satan) was deposed, and the Good King reigns. But like the Iraqis, not all have accepted the new reign. Each person must choose for himself.
|Paid in Full|
In the original Greek language of the NT, "It is finished" (John 19:30) is one word: tetelestai. This one word has been found written across ancient tax documents. That’s because it also means "Paid in ... [Read More]
Reference: Charles Ryrie, The Ryrie Study Bible (Moody, 1995), note on John 19:30
|One Guilty Man?|
The story is told of Frederick the Great, King of Prussia, that one day he visited a prison and talked to the inmates. He talked to a man accused of murder, who told the king, “I’m innocent. They arrested wrong guy.” ... [Read More]