I’ve enjoyed an ongoing email conversation this week about the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. I thought this part might be helpful for some people out there that get stuck in the language and sequence of the subject. I thought it was particularly appropriate to resurrection week, since the verse below happened before Pentecost, but obviously the command to go to Jerusalem was still obeyed, where the whole Acts chapter 2 event took place.
"So Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you; as the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” And when He had said this, He breathed on them and *said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” -John 20:21-22
"Eric, what are your feelings as to when we receive the baptism in the Holy Spirit? Do you think it is a separate experience from salvation?"
“Who are you seeking?”—The existential question of Jesus, to the very first person to meet the resurrected Christ. A woman, not Eve, but Mary, not in the garden of Eden, but in the garden of the Resurrection.
Who killed Jesus … cannot be determined by any one text. That it is unclear from the gospels and especially from Matthew who killed Jesus, is not accidental.
Matthew, as we have seen from the beginning, has written his gospel in which we cannot avoid being a disciple of Jesus, one of the elites, or a member of the crowd. The answer to the question of who killed Jesus, therefore, is that we all killed Jesus.
The disciples killed Jesus by deserting him. The crowd killed Jesus because they were a crowd. The elites of Israel killed Jesus because they feared his call to holiness. Pilate killed Jesus because he had the responsibility to maintain order. “The people as a whole” killed Jesus because they had nothing better to do.
We all killed and continue to kill Jesus. So let us all say that “his blood be on us and on our children!”
Jesus must be killed because Jesus is the Son of God. Jesus must be killed because Jesus has called into existence a new people who constitute a challenge to the world order based on lies and deceit. Jesus must be killed because he is a threat to all who rule in the name of safety and comfort. Jesus must be killed because we do not desire to have our deepest desires exposed. Jesus must be killed because we do not want our loves governed by his love. Jesus must be killed because we refuse to forgive our enemies. Jesus must be killed because we do not believe in a God who creates us and who would come among us after our likeness… .
Why did he have to die? Why did he have to die on a cross? The latter question seems easily answered. He had to die on a cross because that is the way Romans executed those they regarded as a threat to their interest. Hang them high so that all could see what happens when one challenges Rome.
But that answer is not sufficient for us to understand why he had to die on a cross. He died on a cross to reveal the heart of God. The cross is where God’s life crosses our life to create a life otherwise unimaginable.
Four Essential Ways of Looking at Jesus -thoughts by Michael Hardin
In the 18th century John Wesley was credited with using four different sources to do theology: Scripture, reason, tradition and experience. You can draw a square and place each of these terms in each of the four corners. Now each of these categories needs to be defined. What is reason? What is experience? What part of the tradition shall we recognize as authoritative? Do we all agree on what constitutes the biblical canon? Each of these has been discussed and debated from the early church to the present. What I would like to do is to “christologize” them, that is, make each one Jesus centered.
“As if shocked at the sacrilegious murder of her Lord, the temple rent her garments, like one stricken with horror at some stupendous crime.”—Spurgeon’s comment on the temple veil ripping from top to bottom,
Don’t get rid of the pain until you’ve learned its lessons. When you hold the pain consciously and trust fully, you are in a very special liminal space. This is a great teaching moment where you have the possibility of breaking through to a deeper level of faith and consciousness. Hold the pain of…
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I really enjoyed this controversial podcast on The Non-Violent Atonement vs Penal Substitution. Theologian Michael Hardin, founder of ‘Preaching peace” and author of ‘The Jesus Driven Life”. Is God violent? What happened the cross? Is the cross an altar of sacrificial satisfaction and appeasement? If you’ve ever wrestled with any of these issues, you would be interested in this conversation.
"Last Monday, the day of the announcement, World Vision’s call center received 7000 calls and a loss of 2000 child sponsorships. That’s just in 12 hours on Monday! The following day those numbers swelled. And then on Wednesday, within minutes of World Vision announcing that it was reversing its decision, the calls stopped and, according to Stearns, “the bleeding stopped.”…It took several days to count the total loss of sponsorships, a number that eventually rose to “just about 10,000 children,” according to Stearns. A handful of people did call back, hoping to start up their sponsorships again. But the majority did not." -http://matthewpaulturner.com/2014/04/03/ten-thousand-kids-in-2-days/