Good Friday is a solemn day because it is the day when we look on Jesus as the crucified king, a day of punishment and suffering for our sins.
Here we have not just a reference to Jesus praying or to his instructions about praying but an actual example of what and how he prayed.
John calls us into a deeper contemplation of the significance of the incarnation. The baby in a manger was a sign of God's cosmic and eternal purpose.
As children of God we are not alone for we belong to the family of God. We are part of a story that is bigger than ourselves.
The light of Christmas allows us to see things as they really are, to appreciate truth and beauty, and to be freed from sin and death.
The cross is a stumbling block to Jews and folly to the Greeks, but Scripture highlights the power and the glory of the cross and shows us who Jesus really is. Christ's death was a real death, evidenced by real sorrow, not the fatalistic death of a Greek hero.
If you drink what Christ offers, you will become a spring, overflowing to the blessing of others.
In Ephesians 4, the office of teacher is given to equip the saints for the work of ministry that they might grow to maturity.
The path of discipleship is to follow as the Lord sovereignly leads us.
Through the grace of God in Jesus Christ, God wants to restore and recommission and send out His people even when we have failed.
In contrast to the world’s man-worshipping glory, John shows us a new category of glory reflected in the cross. John uniquely connects Jesus’ suffering with glory. The cross is not the condition of glory. The Cross is God’s glory. In giving the Father glory, Jesus reveals the nature of the Father’s glory. We’re being transformed from one degree of glory to another.
Jesus endured the cross for the joy set before Him. The most mature Christians have often suffered greatly and yet experience great joy. The Comforter helps us and guides us in our persecution. Persecution cements the truth together with the power of the Holy Spirit in the life of the Church.