Barabbas and the Perfect Man

“Then came Jesus forth, wearing the crown of thorns, and the purple robe.  And Pilate saith unto them, Behold the man!” (John 19:5) David Christiansen Listen to audio  Behold the man! That’s what Pilate said to the Jews, and in particular to the leaders of Israel, as they petitioned Pilate to put Jesus to death.  Behold the man! The chief priests and officers heard these words of Pilate.  They saw Jesus before them wearing a purple robe and a crown of thorns.  []

The Unity of the Body of Christ

“Because there is one loaf, we, who are many, are one body, for we all partake of the one loaf.” 1 Corinthians 10:17 (NIV) Tom Gilbert Listen to audio  This familiar Memorial text occurs in a context where the Apostle Paul is talking about the idolatry of Israel as they wandered 40 years in the desert.  He is encouraging the brethren to avoid Israel’s examples.  They literally and figuratively committed fornication with other peoples and their heathen gods.  They complained about the []

A Parting Wish

March/ April -2015 “With desire have I desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer” (Luke 22:15). Mitchell Blicharz Listen to audio  Jesus used the word “desire” twice in the theme text, indicating that he had held his desire to share this Passover with his disciples for some time. According to Strong’s Concordance, the word “desire”(#G1939) in this verse means “a longing (especially for what is forbidden).” Vine’s Expository Dictionary comments that this word for desire (EPITHUMIA) “stresses the inward []

In The Beginning

March/April – 2015 In The Beginning Listen to audio  Jesus had little regard for ceremonies. There were only two observances that he asked of his followers. One was baptism, the other was the memorial of his death. While baptism is a single event and can come at any time, the Memorial coincides with the Jewish Passover because that was the time of year when Jesus died on the cross. When he passed bread and the fruit of the vine to his disciples the evening []