Christ came, the first time, to fulfill the Old Covenant and inaugurate the New Covenant. He came to embody Israel’s role of suffering servant and fruit-bearing vine. By His own sacrifice as the servant, He is the vine that unites people with God from every race and nation.
Nothing is more glorious than love. Of it poems are written, songs are sung, movies are made, relationships are formed, and Scripture speaks. Would it be that the latter could govern all of the former, but modern culture seldom consults God’s word concerning the definition and parameters of love.
All four Gospels tell of the treachery of the top turncoat of all time, Judas Iscariot. The fourth Gospel mentions him the most and seems to understand him the best. John rightly reveals the fake disciple as a traitor, a thief, and a tool of the devil.
Death has long taken all of my grandparents and both of my parents, much too soon in almost every case. This makes my generation of the family up next, but death has yet to come knocking on my or any of my siblings’ door. However, it has recently reached out to a dear old friend.