Athanasius: Jesus Christ Is God

Ron Geschwendt

READ : Colossians 1:15-23 He [Christ] is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. (v. 15 NIV) The leadership of British prime minister Winston Churchill changed the course of events in World War II. The Christian church has been shaped by courageous and gifted leaders, too. In AD 325 the Council of Nicea declared that Jesus Christ was “very God of very God; begotten not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all …

Justin Martyr: Within Reason

Ron Geschwendt

READ : 1 Peter 3:8-18 Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. (v. 15 NIV) Justin (ca. AD 100-165) sought peace through a life of philosophy, but he became disenchanted with it. Someone pointed him to Christianity, and Justin embraced Jesus Christ with both head and heart. Justin declared the Christian faith as “the one sure worthy Philosophy.” Intellectuals of the day accused Christians of …

He Lives

Ron Geschwendt

READ : Matthew 28:1-10 “He [Christ] is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. Come; see the place where he lay.” (v. 6) News of Christ’s resurrection was greeted with skepticism. Who expects to see a dead man alive? But on Easter morning as Jesus’ followers spoke and ate with him, they discovered he really was alive. Christ overcame the natural order, revealing that he not only created the earth and its laws, but also had sovereign …

Dead in the Tomb

Ron Geschwendt

READ : Matthew 27:57-60 Joseph took the body [of Jesus] and wrapped it in a clean linen cloth and laid it in his own new tomb which he had hewn in the rock. (vv. 59-60) Some people think Jesus was not dead when Joseph buried him, just unconscious, and that he revived in the cold tomb and somehow walked away. A church confession asks the question, “Why was Christ buried?” The answer might surprise you. “His burial testifies that he …

The Best Friday of All

Ron Geschwendt

READ : Luke 23:26-49 They crucified Jesus there with the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. Then Jesus said, “Father forgive them . . .” (vv. 33-34) The world snaps to attention at the death of a celebrity or a terrorist attack. The unfolding drama on Good Friday drew the attention of the cosmos. How could it be both earth-shakingly terrible and spectacularly glorious? The reality of hell helps us to understand what Jesus experienced on …

Listening to Christ Pray

Ron Geschwendt

READ : John 17:1-26 Jesus prayed, “Father, I desire that those also whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory . . .” (v. 24) A recent survey reveals that over 90 percent of the population in the United States claim to pray every day. Amazing! Realistically, most people struggle with prayer. They wonder what to say to God. They are disillusioned when they pray and see no change. Jesus taught us …