If anyone is in Christ, NEW CREATION!

Second Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” If you have a KJV or NKJV Bible translation, you’ll see that the phrase “he is a” in italics. The reason there are italics is because those words aren’t in the original Greek. A more literal translation would be: “if anyone is in Christ, new creation.” My question is why the translators decided to put it “he is a.” Many Christians use this verse to say that we personally and individually have changed from the inside-out. And while the Bible gives other verses saying that those who trust Jesus have been given new hearts to love and follow God, I don’t believe this verse is saying that. Instead, whenever the phrase “new creation” is used, it’s referring to something broader and bigger. And what Paul is saying here in 2 Corinthians 5 is that if you are in Christ, you are a part of something big. You are a part of the new creation! Think about that, Ventura. We humans long to be a part of something bigger than themselves. We want to know our lives matter and that we have greater hope. This verse shares that hope. If you are in Christ, you are a part of the new creation! All the bad, sad, wicked things are unraveling and becoming untrue. Someday, everything will be restored and made perfect, and in that new creation we are going to dwell with God – the eternal One. Even right now, you are a part of Jesus’ work...

The Final Days of Jesus: Sunday

Jesus’ death and resurrection were what all creation was yearning for. Before the foundation of the world, the plan of the cross was enacted. In Genesis 3, we’re told there would be one who would crush the serpent but that one would also be hurt. This “one” is Jesus, and when we get to the gospel writers, they spend a bulk of their writing focusing on the days preceding his death. What happened on each day preceding Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection? So, what happened the Sunday after Jesus’ death? Holy Week, Day 8: Resurrection Sunday Sunday, April 5, AD 33. The Final Days of Jesus: Resurrection Sunday from Crossway on...

The Final Days of Jesus: Saturday

Jesus’ death and resurrection were what all creation was yearning for. Before the foundation of the world, the plan of the cross was enacted. In Genesis 3, we’re told there would be one who would crush the serpent but that one would also be hurt. This “one” is Jesus, and when we get to the gospel writers, they spend a bulk of their writing focusing on the days preceding his death. What happened on each day preceding Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection? So, what happened the Saturday after Jesus’ death? Holy Week, Day 7: Saturday Saturday, April 4, AD 33. The Final Days of Jesus: Saturday from Crossway on...

The Final Days of Jesus: Friday

Jesus’ death and resurrection were what all creation was yearning for. Before the foundation of the world, the plan of the cross was enacted. In Genesis 3, we’re told there would be one who would crush the serpent but that one would also be hurt. This “one” is Jesus, and when we get to the gospel writers, they spend a bulk of their writing focusing on the days preceding his death. What happened on each day preceding Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection? So, what happened the day of Jesus’ death? Holy Week, Day 6: Friday Friday, April 3, AD 33. The Final Days of Jesus: Friday from Crossway on...

The Final Days of Jesus: Thursday

Jesus’ death and resurrection were what all creation was yearning for. Before the foundation of the world, the plan of the cross was enacted. In Genesis 3, we’re told there would be one who would crush the serpent but that one would also be hurt. This “one” is Jesus, and when we get to the gospel writers, they spend a bulk of their writing focusing on the days preceding his death. What happened on each day preceding Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection? So, what happened on the Thursday before Jesus’ crucifixion? Holy Week, Day 5: Thursday Thursday, April 2, AD 33. The Final Days of Jesus: Thursday from Crossway on...

The Final Days of Jesus: Wednesday

Jesus’ death and resurrection were what all creation was yearning for. Before the foundation of the world, the plan of the cross was enacted. In Genesis 3, we’re told there would be one who would crush the serpent but that one would also be hurt. This “one” is Jesus, and when we get to the gospel writers, they spend a bulk of their writing focusing on the days preceding his death. What happened on each day preceding Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection? So, what happened on the Wednesday before Jesus’ crucifixion? Holy Week, Day 4: Wednesday Wednesday, April 1, AD 33. The Final Days of Jesus: Wednesday from Crossway on...

The Final Days of Jesus: Tuesday

Jesus’ death and resurrection were what all creation was yearning for. Before the foundation of the world, the plan of the cross was enacted. In Genesis 3, we’re told there would be one who would crush the serpent but that one would also be hurt. This “one” is Jesus, and when we get to the gospel writers, they spend a bulk of their writing focusing on the days preceding his death. What happened on each day preceding Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection? So, what happened the Tuesday before his death? Holy Week, Day 3: Tuesday Tuesday, March 31, AD 33. The Final Days of Jesus: Tuesday from Crossway on...

The Final Days of Jesus: Monday

Jesus’ death and resurrection were what all creation was yearning for. Before the foundation of the world, the plan of the cross was enacted. In Genesis 3, we’re told there would be one who would crush the serpent but that one would also be hurt. This “one” is Jesus, and when we get to the gospel writers, they spend a bulk of their writing focusing on the days preceding his death. What happened on each day preceding Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection? So, what happened the Monday before his death? Holy Week, Day 2: Monday Monday, March 30, AD 33. The Final Days of Jesus: Monday from Crossway on...

The Final Days of Jesus – Palm Sunday

Jesus’ death and resurrection were what all creation was yearning for. Before the foundation of the world, the plan of the cross was enacted. In Genesis 3, we’re told there would be one who would crush the serpent but that one would also be hurt. This “one” is Jesus, and when we get to the gospel writers, they spend a bulk of their writing focusing on the days preceding his death. What happened on each day preceding Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection? So, what happened on each day preceding Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection? For the next week, we will show Crossway Publisher’s videos which chronicle each day of this “Holy Week,” helping you to grasp more of the message of Jesus’ death and resurrection. Holy Week, Day 1: Palm Sunday Sunday, March 29, AD 33. The Final Days of Jesus: Palm Sunday from Crossway on...

St. Patrick’s Day

So, here we are again, approaching another St. Patrick’s Day. What’s the point? Who is the guy? Should evangelical Christians learn from this man? Personally, I believe so. His story is one of amazing grace! If you have a chance, I’d encourage you to read the following brief bio of this man: Patrick of Ireland.  If you have even less time, watch the video below. Have a happy St. Patrick’s Day. (By the way, while people call it “Saint” Patrick’s Day, the Catholic church never deemed him to be a saint. But that’s ok. We know that God calls all His children...