According to Matthew's Jesus is mocked and derided by four separate groups as He hung on the cross. The Gospels detail Jesus' words with the robbers/rebels crucified with Him, one of whom believes Jesus has not done anything wrong. This episode looks at each of these groups as well as Jesus' well-known statement "Assuredly I say to you today you will be with me in paradise."
Joshua Hawkins is a Bible teacher committed to proclaiming the glory of Jesus Christ and Him crucified. He carries a deep desire to see the nations treasure Him above all else, worship Him as the one true God, and live as sojourners eagerly waiting for His return and rule from Jerusalem. Josh currently ministers as a full-time campus missionary at Texas A&M University.
From Josh's Blog
We live in a world where Hollywood blockbusters, school plays, department stores, and our church hymnals all contribute to the way we understand and remember the birth of the promised king of Israel. This secularization has given rise to overfamiliarity with the story of Jesus’ birth. Our children’s books and nativity scenes, while helpful in some ways, have also given us a false sense of confidence when it comes to the details. Ask the average westerner today to tell you the story of...Read more
“To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ.”
(Colossians 1:27–28 ESV)
"Christ in you, the hope of glory" is a...
The Christmas story evokes so many beautiful emotions in us this time of year. For those who have eyes to see, Jesus' humble birth fills us with joy and stuns us with amazement. What churned in the heart of the LORD of glory to be born in such lowliness?
Amazement was also a common reaction of many in the four Gospel accounts. Whether it was because of Jesus' gracious words and...
The church and the state have become increasingly entangled since Constantine's rise to power in Europe in the early 4th century. Theologians call this time the Constantinian shift where Christianity was adopted as the state religion of the Roman Empire. As Christianity was legalized, persecution virtually stopped. The...