“For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”  2 Corinthians 5:21.

The pain of crucifixion by man,


The pain of being forsaken by the Father,


The nails that held his body,


The love that held him there,

“so amazing, so divine. Demands my life, my soul, my all.”


Collin Hanson writes an excellent article (“Anxious Nation, Trustworthy Savior“) in light of recent events concerning the death of Osama bin Laden, the U.S., truth, and the Savior.  Well worth your time to read and right interpretation of recent events and the times we live in.

Read the whole thing here.

I’m posting this a bit earlier, so I can spend time with the family, my church, and with Jesus Christ, my Lord.  Happy Easter!  He is risen!  He is risen indeed!

“Christ the Lord is risen today, Alleluia! Earth and heaven in chorus say, Alleluia! Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia! Sing, ye heavens, and earth reply, Alleluia!

 Love’s redeeming work is done, Alleluia! Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia! Death in vain forbids him rise, Alleluia! Christ has opened paradise, Alleluia!

Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia! Where, O death, is now thy sting? Alleluia! Once he died our souls to save, Alleluia! Where’s thy victory, boasting grave? Alleluia!

Soar we now where Christ has led, Alleluia! Following our exalted Head, Alleluia! Made like him, like him we rise, Alleluia! Ours the cross, the grave, the skies, Alleluia!”

“And he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for Him who for their sake died and was raised.”            1 Corinthians 5:15

It’s Good Friday.  The day Jesus was crucified and the day entire history and God’s revelation in Scripture that was moving to this point: Jesus’ death and resurrection.   John Piper explains how and why he has become more Christocentric in his preaching over the years, but it illustrates well the importance of this day, Good Friday.  Here’s the bullet points of his explanation:

  • The apex of God’s display of his own glory is the display of his grace.
  • God’s glorification of his grace was planned before creation.
  • God’s glorification of his grace was to happen through the Son of God, Jesus Christ.
  • From eternity the apex of God’s glorification of his grace was designed to be Christ’s crucifixion for sinners.
  • God’s glorification of his grace in the crucifixion of his Son for sinners was theultimate purpose for creating the universe.
  • Therefore God planned from eternity that the revelation of his glory would be the ultimate reason for creating the universe.

Read the whole thing here for Scripture and more explanation.

Also, read John chapters 18 and 19 to learn about what happened on this day.

The Gospel Coalition will be simulcasted live—including the two concerts.  The video and audio will all appear on this page.

Here is the schedule below. All times are Central time zone.

Tuesday, April 12

2 PM R. Albert Mohler Jr. Studying the Scriptures and Finding Jesus (John 5:31-47)
4 PM Tim Keller Getting Out (Exodus 14)
5:30 PM White Horse Inn Live Recording: The Great Commission and the Great Commandment
7 PM Alistair Begg From a Foreigner to King Jesus (Ruth)
8 PM Tim Keller, John Piper, Crawford Loritts, Don Carson, Bryan Chapell Preaching from the Old Testament
9 PM Hymn Sing Sing Them Again: An Evening of Old and New Hymns

Wednesday, April 13


9:30 AM James MacDonald Not According to Our Sins (Psalm 25)
12:30 PM Matt Chandler, Kevin DeYoung, Trevin Wax, Jonathan Leeman Gospel, Mission, and the Church
7 PM Conrad Mbewe The Righteous Branch (Jeremiah 23:1-8)
8 PM Matt Chandler Youth (Ecclesiastes 11:7-12:14)
9 PM Keith and Kristyn Getty Concert

Thursday, April 14


7:30 AM Don Carson, Tim Keller, Crawford Loritts, Kevin DeYoung, and Stephen Um God: Abounding in Love, Punishing the Guilty
9:30 AM Mike Bullmore God’s Great Heart of Love Toward His Own (Zephaniah)
11 AM D. A. Carson Getting Excited about Melchizedek (Psalm 110)


[HT: Justin Taylor]

For whom does Rob Bell’s view on hell toll?  I know this post is ringing late in light of all the news on the blogosphere and cable news networks concerning Rob Bell’s book Love Wins, but I figured I’d point you to 2 good worthy responses to his book.

Bottom line, Rob Bell’s view on hell is not biblical.  And for the sake of brevity…

-The reality for the non-Christian… Hell is real. Repent of your sin and turn to Jesus Christ.

-The reality for the Christian… Hell is real.  Spread the good news of Jesus Christ.

For the sake of those who need a larger discourse on these two…

-Read Kevin DeYoung’s review of Rob Bell’s book.

-Watch David Platt’s (pastor and author of the book Radical) comment.

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