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Worship Jesus

He is Lord

Throughout His ministry Jesus made predictions that He would be delivered up to His enemies and be killed. He also said that on the third day He would rise again. The Gospels tell us that is exactly what happened. They recount with solemn emphasis the story of the crucifixion and then the joy of the first Easter morning. Someone has said that the resurrection of Jesus is the best attested fact of ancient history. Whether this can be substantiated or not I do not know, but certainly the evidence is very impressive. When you consider the fact of the empty tomb, the impossibility of friends stealing the body (why should they and how could they, when the tomb was guarded?), and the impossibility of foes stealing it (why should they and if they did, why did they not produce the body when the resurrection began to be proclaimed?), the transformation of the disciples that the resurrection brought about, the nature and the number of the resurrection appearances of our Lord, it is certainly difficult to deny that the resurrection is a fact.
But if Jesus could predict that He would die and that He would rise again, and then fulfil His prediction to the letter this adds another item to our mounting list of evidence which indicates that He was more than merely human. No-one who was only a man could do that. We have only to contemplate our own death to see the force of the point. The resurrection points unmistakably to the deity of Christ.
by:  Leon Morris

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Christ & Culture

Church and State

Jesus Christ is Lord.  That is the first and final assertion Christians make about all of reality, including politics.  Believers now assert by faith what one day will be manifest to the sight of all: every earthly sovereignty is subordinate to the sovereignty of Jesus Christ.  The Church is the bearer of that claim.  Because the Church is pledged to the Kingdom proclaimed by Jesus, it must maintain a critical distance from all the kingdoms of the world, whether actual or proposed.  Christians betray their Lord if, in theory or practice, they equate the Kingdom of God with any political, social or economic order of this passing time.  At best, such orders permit the proclamation of the gospel of the Kingdom and approximate, in small part, the freedom, peace, and justice for which we hope.
by:     Richard John Neuhaus in the 1981 founding statement of the Institute on Religion and Democracy

Ongoing Tensions

It was confusing to grow up singing both “This World is not my Home” and “This is my Father’s World.”  Those hymns embody two common and seemingly contradictory Christian responses to culture.  One sees this world as a wasteland of godlessness, with which the Christian Should have as little as possible to do.  The other regards cultural transformation as virtually identical to “kingdom activity.”
by:     Michael Horton