Swear Not at All
But I say unto you, Swear not at all (Matthew 5:34)
What does the word “swear” mean? What action, language or situations come to mind? In this context, is Jesus discussing vulgar or crass language? Vulgar speech has always been present in society, although currently it appears to have growing acceptance. Alternatively, is swearing about the numerous pledges we have to make almost on a daily basis? Think of signing an application for a credit card, a loan, or when we sign our tax return declaring a variation of: “Under penalty of perjury, I declare that XYZ is true, correct, and complete.” Is that what Jesus is talking about in this passage?
It Is Finished
Our Lord Jesus fulfilled all of the Old Testament prophecies and types concerning his first advent upon the earth. On a practical level, Jesus’ declaration – “It Is Finished” – represented an end of his physical and emotional suffering. He was a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief (Isaiah 53:3). Jesus had suffered seeing his fellow countrymen reject him, being betrayed with a kiss by one of his apostles, and being abandoned by the remainder of his disciples during his time of greatest trial and suffering. The Gospels frequently identify Christ living with the understanding of his crucifixion always before him. + Download the issue to read the complete article.
EVIDENCE OF CREATION
Astounding Bird Migrations
The white-throated warbler migrates every year from Germany to Africa. Remarkably, when the adult birds migrate, they leave their offspring behind. Several weeks later, when the young birds are strong enough, they instinctively fly across thousands of miles of unknown land and sea to arrive at the same spot where their parents are waiting! How can these inexperienced birds navigate with such accuracy across thousands of miles and arrive safely to be reunited with their parents? Evolutionists are indeed hard-pressed to explain how these remarkable abilities evolved through mere chance processes apart from any directing intelligence. + Download the issue to read the complete article.