THE GROWING SEASON

Sow righteousness for yourselves, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the Lord, until he comes and showers his righteousness on you.  (Hosea 10:12)   It never gets old — that surge of joy I get when I...

FULLY RESTORED

. . . on the third day he will restore us, that we may live in his presence. . . . As sure as the sun rises, he will appear; he will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth.  (Hosea 6:2-3) For if we have been united with him in a...

FULLY PRESSED

Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane . . . he began to be sorrowful and troubled. Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death.  . . . he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father,...

FULLY HUMAN: THE EXTRAVAGANT EXCHANGE

Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death — that is, the devil . . .  For this reason he had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order...

PALM BRANCHING

The next day the great crowd that had come for the festival heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, “Hosanna!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Blessed...

FULLY COME

But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.  (Gal. 4:4-5)   The time had fully come. The stage was set. The conditions were optimal for...