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Prepare Yourself to be Astounded

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And they were astonished beyond measure, saying, He has done all things well.’” (Mark 7:37 ESV)

A few years ago I came across a single statement that stopped me in my tracks. You might say I was astounded. Perhaps you will be, too. Here’s the statement: “Christianity is the only religion that has as its central event the humiliation of its God.” (Dr. Bruce Shelly, Church History in Plain Language, Thomas Nelson 2008)

astonished

“Oh, my!”

Astounding may be the finest adjective available to us in describing the singular and epic effect of the Incarnation, Crucifixion, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. There exists no other combination of historical events that have so impacted the human race. None.

The first disciples were astounded. As the above text says, they were “astonished beyond measure.” I love the way the Wuest New Testament  puts it – “they were completely flabbergasted, and that in a super-abundant degree, which itself was augmented by the addition of yet more astonishment.” Indeed.

Astounding also is the cumulative impact of the tireless labors through the centuries of all those who believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God. And — though it be the ultimate understatement of all time — astounding also will be the global effect of His Second Coming. Duh.

Beginning today, we are going to look through the prophetic veil of Scripture and view the panoramic story of the Incarnation, Crucifixion, and Resurrection. We will also discuss the ongoing mission of The Church, and the long-expected Second Coming of the Lord.

Together we will stand amazed in the presence of the exalted Jesus, who humbled Himself to death on a cross; and unto whom God has given a name that is above every name — such that all shall one day bow the knee and confess that Jesus is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Follow along with me in this series and prepare yourself to be astounded.

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