Here are some highlights from the Easter Story that I have “discovered” over the past couple years. Some were also brought up by my sister this week after she went to our church’s Good Friday Silent Service yesterday.
Two days before the Passover, Jesus foretells His coming death to His disciples, “You know that after two days is the Passover, and the Son of Man will be delivered up to be crucified” (Matthew 26:2, NKJV).
He knows it’s coming. He even knows the day. Even His own killers don’t know this much, as they plot His death. In fact, they say the opposite, “Not during the feast, lest there be an uproar among the people” (Matt. 26:5). Continue reading
Now these things became our examples, to the intent that we should not lust after evil things as they also lusted. And do not become idolaters as were some of them. As it is written, “The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.” Nor let us commit sexual immorality, as some of them did, and in one day twenty-three thousand fell; nor let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed by serpents; nor complain, as some of them also complained, and were destroyed by the destroyer. Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come. (1 Cor. 10:6-11)
Last night, as I read this passage, the first phrase of verse 9 stood out to me: “nor let us tempt Christ.”
Nor let us tempt Christ.
What does that even mean? What can we as humans do that would tempt the Lord? Continue reading