Was Jesus Christ's Body Broken? (Part Two)

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

Christ's bones had to remain unbroken to fulfill the Passover. Additionally, His self-maledictory oath to Abraham required an unseperated—unbroken—body.


Was Jesus Christ's Body Broken? (Part One)

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

How often have we heard the phrase 'Christ's broken body'? Is it a valid and accurate concept? What effect does it have on our observance of the Passover?


Was Jesus Christ's Body Broken? (Part Three)

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

Christ's body was not broken, and the bread of Passover, broken so it can be shared, is a symbol of being joined to His sinless life rather than death.


Jesus Christ, the Bearer of Sin

Sermonette by David C. Grabbe

The Messianic prophecy in Isaiah 53, plus the testimony of Peter and the author of Hebrews, show that Jesus fulfilled the azazel goat's role by bearing sin.


Christ's Death, Resurrection, and Ascension

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Jesus perfectly fulfilled the Old Testament types, slain as the Passover Lamb, resurrected with the cutting of the wavesheaf, and ascended to His Father at the time of the waving of the sheaf.


Scripture Fulfilled in Christ's Death

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Four distinct Old Testament Messianic prophecies were fulfilled by Christ's death and cited by the Apostle John.


The Last Words of Jesus Christ

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

During the final hours of His life, Jesus made seven last statements to mankind, illustrating His nature and what He considered to be important for us.


Why Did God Forsake Jesus Christ?

Sermonette by David C. Grabbe

Jesus yielded His Spirit to the Father, indicating that God had not forsaken Him, but accepted Him after He became a substitutionary sacrifice for our sins.


Christ's Death and the Immortality of the Soul

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

The dangerous false belief of inherent immortal life has led to an acceleration of sin and the danger of eternal oblivion. Only God can give eternal life.


Death of a Lamb

Article by Staff

Since the church no longer keeps the Passover with the slaughter of a lamb, we miss important and poignant details that could enhance our observance.


Death Is Not the End (Part One)

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

All men have been subject to the fear of death, and it is something that we have to strive to overcome. But Christians have been freed in order to fear God.


Why Did Jesus Have to Die by Crucifixion?

'Ready Answer' by Staff

Crucifixion is man's most cruel form of punishment. Why did Jesus need to die this way? What does it teach us? And was Jesus stabbed before or after He died?


Death Is Not the End (Part Two)

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Jesus Christ's approach to death should guide our view of death. He considered His death a work of God, not to be regarded with fear or hostility.


Was Jesus Dead?

Herbert W. Armstrong Booklet

Can God die? Was Jesus really dead, or did only His body die? Was Jesus the Divine One alive during the three days and three nights a body was in the tomb?


Proofs of Christ's Resurrection

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

There is more corroboration of evidence for the existence of Jesus Christ and His life experiences than that regarding Alexander the Great or Julius Caesar.


Jesus and 'the Spirits in Prison'

'Ready Answer' by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Peter's statement that Jesus 'preached to the spirits in prison' has baffled many a Bible student. The traditional interpretation is woefully off-base.


Why Was Jesus Not Crucified as Passover Began? (Part Two)

'Ready Answer' by David C. Grabbe

The timing of Christ's crucifixion does not coincide with the Passover, but instead lines up with the covenant God made with Abraham, marking a major fulfillment.


Christ Our Passover

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

The focus of our self-examination should not be self-centered or comparing ourselves with others, but on the awesome significance of His sacrifice.


Four Views of Christ (Part 7)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Our lives parallel what Christ experienced: crucifixion, burial, resurrection, and glorification. The death of self must precede resurrection and glory.


Knowing Christ (Part 2)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Christ's sacrifice was not merely substitutionary, but representative, with Christ giving us a pattern for life - mortifying our flesh and putting out sin.


Knowing Christ (Part 1)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

When we mortify the flesh, refusing to feed the hungry beast of our carnal nature, we suffer. Suffering for righteousness' sake helps us to know Christ.


Lessons From a Worm

CGG Weekly by John Reiss

In Psalm 22, which prophesies of Christ's suffering, He says 'But I am a worm...." His reference is to a tola worm, which is rich in symbolism and meaning.


I Am Barabbas

Article by Staff

To some, Barabbas is nothing more than an interesting detail in Christ's trial. However, his presence during that event contains significant implications for us.


Of Sponges and Spears

Article by Staff

When we study the great sacrifice of our Savior in preparation for the Passover, we often are too busy hitting the "big points" to see the tremendous spiritual instruction in the little ones. This article draws our attention to Jesus' cup, the gall, and the Roman spear that appear in the gospels' crucifixion narratives.


The Price of Your Life

Sermonette by Ted E. Bowling

Films try to depict the suffering and death of Jesus Christ, but have all fallen short of presenting the full dimensions of the event—the price of our sin.


Garden of Gethsemane: The Oil Press

Sermonette by Ted E. Bowling

The Garden of Gethsemane has particular significance because it was not only an olive grove, but also the location where olives were pressed into oil.


Fully Man and Fully God? (2001)

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

The Bible records that Jesus of Nazareth's Father was God and His mother was Mary, a human. What, then, was His nature? Was He a man? Was He divine?


Holy Days: Passover

Bible Study by Earl L. Henn (1934-1997)

Passover may be the most important festival ordained by God. Not only does it memorialize Christ's death, it also symbolizes our redemption and the covenant.


The First Prophecy (Part One)

'Prophecy Watch' by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Genesis is a book of beginnings, and in that theme, it also contains the first prophecy. Part of it is God's curse on the serpent in Genesis 3:14-15.


'After Three Days'

Booklet by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

A scriptural explanation of the time of Christ's death, burial and resurrection, showing that He died on a Wednesday and rose from the dead on the Sabbath.


Preternatural, Natural, Unnatural, Supernatural (Part Three)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Christ's life and death were supernatural in that He had God's Spirit from the beginning, giving Him power over things, as well as undeniable logic.


What Is the Passover Anyway?

'Ready Answer' by Staff

Here are the basic points of the Christian Passover, showing from Scripture what God commands and why.


Preternatural, Natural, Unnatural, Supernatural (Part Two)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Because of His sinless life, Jesus' death was unnatural, abnormal, unreasonable, but all that was God's preternatural solution for the salvation of mankind.


Preternatural, Natural, Unnatural, Supernatural (Part One)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

God, before He created Adam and Eve, preternaturally planned the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ to save humanity from the curse of sin and death.


You Are My Witnesses That I Am God

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Christ's trial and crucifixion were not historical accidents; rather, God prophesied both events in minute detail in Old Testament scriptures.


Psalms: Book One (Part Five)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Book One of the Psalms, parallel with the spring season, focuses on the Messianic prophecies, revealing God's plan to redeem Israel by crushing Satan.


John (Part 18)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

Trust in God's ability to resurrect can neutralize the most basic debilitating fear—the fear of death. Christ assures us that death is not the end.


To Do Your Will, O God!

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins, maintaining that there never has been, and never will be, another death like Jesus Christ's, reminds us that Our Omniscient God, who cannot sin, knew that we would sin and, therefore, pre-ordained a sacrifice that would satisfy all legal requirements, but would also motivate us to repent of sin and pursue …


Chronic Difficulties

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Human tradition and Bible truth regarding the timing of Christ's crucifixion and resurrection do not square. Here is the overwhelming chronological evidence.


The Awesome Cost of Salvation

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

We need to be sobered at the awesomeness of the cost to set us free from sin—what the Creator endured. We have been purchased, and are obliged to our Purchaser.


Disproving Hell

Sermon/Bible Study by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Most of Protestant and Catholic theology is immersed in pagan concepts of hell, reinforced by Dante's Inferno. Here is what the Bible says, without tradition.


An Unpayable Debt and Obligation

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

When God calls us and redeems us through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, we suddenly come under obligation—a debt we cannot pay but overshadows all we do.