“When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, ‘It is finished.’” — John 19:30
When Christ said these words – “It is finished” – we view the glorious triumph of the cross. The ancient Greeks boasted about being able to communicate a big thought while using few words. They would often say, “The perfection of a great speech is to give an ocean of substance in a single drop of language”. What the Greeks looked for in a powerful speech is found in these final few words of Christ – “It is finished.” In the original Biblical language, this statement is actually only one word. Yet in that one word is the entire Gospel of God. That one word contains the ground of the believer’s assurance. That one word describes the sum of all joy. In that one single word, we find the very spirit of all Godly comfort. In that one word, we find rest. Continue reading
“The day may come when after a long fight with disease, we shall feel that medicine can do no more, and that nothing remains but to die. Friends will be standing by, unable to help us. Hearing, eyesight, even the power of praying, will be fast failing us. The world and its shadows will be melting beneath our feet. Eternity, with its realities, will be looming large before our minds.
What shall support us in that trying hour? What shall enable us to feel, ‘I fear no evil’? (Psalm 23:4.) Nothing, nothing can do it but close communion with Christ. Christ dwelling in our hearts by faith,—Christ putting His right arm under our heads,—Christ felt to be sitting by our side,—Christ can alone give us the complete victory in the last struggle. Continue reading
“In the resurrection, Christ has turned all of our sunsets into dawns.” – St. Clement of Alexandria
“Our Lord has written the promise of the resurrection not in words alone, but in every leaf of springtime.” – Martin Luther
After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men. The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said.” – The Gospel of St. Matthew 28:1-5
In keeping with my former post on why I love C.S. Lewis, here are a few of my favorite Lewis-isms.
12. “‘You would not have called to me unless I had been calling to you’, said the Lion.”
11. “In a circle of true Friends each man is simply what he is: stands for nothing but himself. No one cares twopence about any one else’s family, profession, class, income, race, or previous history…That is the kingliness of Friendship.We meet like sovereign princes of independent states, abroad, on neutral ground, freed from our contexts.”