Easter only exists if Jesus literally appeared again after His death. The Bible speaks of Jesus dying on the cross on Preparation Day (Friday in Jewish culture, see Matthew 27:62) and buried the same day by two Jewish leaders (Matthew 27:57-61; John 19:38-42). Let’s go into detail about the post resurrection appearances of Jesus. The tomb…

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“It is finished!” (John 19:30). One of the most powerful statements in all of Scripture. This statement (a single word in Greek) was Jesus’ last proclamation from the cross. So, what did Jesus finish? I encourage you to read these verses slowly and let them sink in. On the cross, Jesus finished: the payment for…

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Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God (Matthew 5:9) Very likely everyone who reads this article understands the importance of working toward peace in our world. Peace at home; peace with our neighbors; peace in our church; racial reconciliation; and a whole host of other relationships. Among verses that could be…

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Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God (Matthew 5:8) The Scriptures tell us that “no one can see [God] and live” (Exodus 33:20) and that “no one has seen or can see” Him (1 Timothy 6:16). So something quite extraordinary must take place for Jesus to promise that some will “see God.”…

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Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Matthew 6:7 We have come to a turning point in our study of the Beatitudes. Arthur Pink explains,  “First, there is a discovery of the fact that I am nothing, have nothing, and can do nothing—poverty of spirit. Second, there is conviction of sin, a…

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