The final days of Jesus’ earthly ministry are surrounded in truth and eternal significance from which we’ll never stop learning. In his devotional And the Angels Were Silent from the Chronicles of the Cross Collection, Max Lucado reflects on Jesus’ death and burial.
By Timothy Keller
What is this “gospel” for which Paul is willing to glory in being a slave? What gospel would make Paul happy to lose everything in order to share it?
First, it is worth reflecting on the word itself. “Gospel”—euangeloi—is literally “good herald.” In the first century, if on a far-flung battlefield an emperor won a great victory which secured his peace and established his authority, he would send heralds—angeloi—to declare his victory, peace and authority. Put most simply, the gospel is an announcement—a declaration. The gospel is not advice to be followed; it is news, good news about what has been done.
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By Warren Wiersbe
A university professor was meeting a famous Chinese lecturer in a crowded train station. After welcoming him, the professor said, “If we run to our gate, we can get the next train and save three minutes.” The guest quietly asked, “And what significant thing shall we do with the three minutes that we are saving?” [Read more…]