Over a year ago, I started on a journey to tune out the needless noise, the constant back-and-forth of our society, the politics and debates, and go directly to the source – Jesus’ words – to see what He really has to say about all of this. For if Jesus really is who he said he was, then his spoken words should mean everything to us and how we live our lives. There is a book called “Five Seconds After You Die”, in which Mike Connell writes, “In the first five seconds after we die, we will know how we should have lived.” That’s a startling thought. Jesus talks a lot about the after-life and how we should be living […]
“My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over the whole land. About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out with a loud voice. “Elí, Elí, lemá sabachtháni? My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” Jesus shouted again with a loud voice and gave up His spirit. Suddenly, the curtain of the sanctuary was split in two from top to bottom; the earth quaked and the rocks were split. ~ from Matthew 27:45-51 Forsaken. At this moment, Jesus was abandoned by God. Jesus had been with God from the very beginning, and now he was alone, abandoned, and in despair. Jesus became the sin-bearer for us, carrying all of our sins and […]
I would bet that each of us have been like Peter at least once in our lives. Before Peter became the Rock, which was the name Jesus promised him earlier, he was the Denier. It was probably the lowest point in Peter’s life. He was in agony over what he had done. He denied his friend and Lord when Jesus needed him most. In his mind, he had failed. Thankfully for all of us, Peter didn’t stay that way. And neither should we. As I read this story where Jesus predicts that Peter will deny Him, a few thoughts crossed my mind. Jesus never stopped loving Peter even as He told Peter what he was about to do, even in […]
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Sue McCusker is a writer, Bible teacher, and web developer who loves to share the stories of life, hope, and faith she sees around her every day. She has written for Guideposts and Angels on Earth magazines, and teaches the story of God in women's Bible study.