How to reignite our joy and hope, when we have lost them?
When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord” Jn 20.20.
Jesus’ resurrection is the proof of all that God proposed to accomplish for humanity. The risen Christ restores the joy of receiving God’s gift and the hope of a future within his purpose. Continue reading →
To the faithful God will give spiritual bodies, that we may live in heaven. Just as a spiritual transformation takes place at the moment of immersion in water, God will also effect a transformation in the human body. Continue reading →
They say that shouting solves nothing, that it only worsens things. So they say. And they’d not be far from the truth. But we have the Shout of Ipiranga, of Brazilian Independence, to go against this piece of popular wisdom. And the Shout of Bethany.
When he had said this, he shouted in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” 44 The one who had died came out, …
John 11.43-44a, NET
The act was the Word. The word in itself made Lazarus come back to life. Divine power contained in a pronouncement, in an order, in a shout!
Rhetorically, shouting gives emphasis, raises the term above the common conversation, highlights the proclamation among other sayings.
Jesus didn’t need to shout. He could have whispered, with the same effect. But the solemnity of the moment deserved an emphasis on the re-creation of life.
Which reminds us of the promise of the Shout of the Last Day, when all will be raised from the dead (1 Thes 4.16).
I don’t know yet what to do with these posts of mine I collected from the Gospel Advocate list forum, now inactive, so I’m going to store them here. Lots of good stuff, biblical study material, if you don’t mind the occasional nature of the conversation.