Coming Again

Rev. David Bast

READ : 2 Peter 3:3-13 As Christians we believe that we are moving towards a future that is glorious beyond imagining, and every passing day brings us that much closer to it. The key to this future is the personal return of Jesus Christ to earth at the end of history. One quiet morning, I found myself alone in our house. Silence wrapped around me like a blanket. Completely relaxed, with my mind beginning to wander off, I became aware …

Where Christ Is Now

Rev. David Bast

READ : Colossians 3:1-4 Why is it important to us that we believe and confess our faith in the fact that the ascended Christ now sits at God’s right hand? What truth is this biblical picture trying to convey to us? I wonder if you have ever thought much about where Jesus is right now. The fact is that, strictly speaking, according to the Bible (and for that matter the Apostles’ Creed) Jesus isn’t here on earth. He is in …

He Ascended Into Heaven

Rev. David Bast

READ : Luke 24:50-53 Acts 1:9-11 The Bible says that forty days after he rose from the dead, Jesus took his disciples up to a hilltop just outside Jerusalem and . . . after a parting blessing, he left them – by physically rising up from the earth into heaven! What does Jesus’ ascension into heaven mean for us? This program is one of a series on the Apostles’ Creed, the ancient summary of Christian beliefs. At the heart of …

On the Third Day

Rev. David Bast

READ : 1 Corinthians 15:1-3 Mark 16:1-8 “On the third day he rose again from the dead,” we boldly declare in the Apostles’ Creed. The story of Jesus’ life and death really ends — or rather, really begins — on the third day. “Now I would remind you, brothers and sisters, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I …

The Harrowing of Hell

Rev. David Bast

READ : 1 Peter 3:18-20 Mark 15:34 When we confess together that Jesus Christ “descended into hell,” what does that mean? Of all the phrases in the Apostles’ Creed with which we as Christians confess our faith, I don’t think any is more puzzling than the statement that comes in between what we believe about Christ’s death and his resurrection. After we say that he was “crucified, dead and buried,” and before we proclaim that “on the third day he …

Dead and Buried

Rev. David Bast

READ : John 19:31-42 What is so much made of the fact that Jesus was buried after he was crucified? There is something very important about the fact that Jesus’ body was buried after his death. What is unmistakable about the Christian faith is the enormous significance it attaches to the death of Jesus Christ. Obviously, everybody has to die sometime. But normally we don’t dwell on that fact for those whom we care about. We prefer to emphasize the …