3 Resources That Will Give You a Fresh Look at Easter

What would it have been like to pray with Jesus in the garden? To watch as he was led to his death? To enter a tomb one early Sunday morning and find only a few discarded rags?

When you explore the culture, history, theology, and literature of the Bible, it’s like stepping into the story itself. Suddenly the image flips from black and white to high-definition. You’re reminded that Jesus lived in the real world, died a real death, and really did come back to life.

This Easter, we want to equip you to step into the biblical story and rediscover the significance of the resurrection. We’ve pulled together a selection of key resources to do just that. (And for the truly curious, you can even step into a first-century tomb.)

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How Easter Reveals Jesus’ Claim on Our Lives

Since the earliest days of the church, Christians have commemorated the death, resurrection, and glorification of Jesus of Nazareth at this time every year. And there has been plenty of argument concerning the purpose of those events.

We agree that Jesus died for us, but what does that mean, really? Too often we assume that Jesus died for the forgiveness of our sins . . . and leave it at that.

But when Jesus gained victory over death itself, he claimed authority over our very lives.

Bearing our crosses

In his book Pro Rege, Abraham Kuyper, the nineteenth-century Dutch journalist and theologian turned Prime Minister, says:

People will comment that ‘everyone has their cross to bear,’ complain about ‘the cross that we just have to bear,’ or say about those with a tough lot in life that they pass through life ‘under a cross.’ . . . In accordance with this usage, any who, despite their harsh lot in life, find peace in that lot—who endure the disasters that overcome them with a steadfast spirit and do not succumb to them in despair, but find secure refuge in God—they are considered to have fulfilled Jesus’ command. (2:39)

Do you agree? Then think again:

If the world sees that you are loyal in confessing your Savior and witnessing for him, it will try and make you pay for it. . . . Matthew 10:38 does not refer to our common suffering, but only to our suffering for the sake of Christ. Moreover, it is important to realize that the suffering thus depicted lies not in that we will have to bear our cross, but in that we will be nailed to it. . . . What Jesus pronounces with ‘whoever does not take his cross,’ is not a friendly word of comfort for the hardships and sorrows of life. It is a most solemn announcement that those who confess him and witness for him must always be prepared to die for him.

Loyal subjects of a living King

Unlike believers in other parts of the world, most Christians in my country (the United States) haven’t experienced the worst horrors of Hebrews 11: “Some were tortured, refusing to accept release, so that they might rise again to a better life. Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed with the sword.” (Heb 11:35–37)

As a turn of the century European aristocrat, neither did Kuyper. Nor was he in a place to see the atrocities of two world wars. But he understood the claims Jesus makes on all of our lives. The Easter message is one of hope and love. We are forgiven by the King of Glory. We are now his friends and heirs. But we are also his servants, and since he is King, we are his subjects. The King’s death and resurrection was so much more than a victory shout. It was a war cry, his proclamation that Satan no longer has authority or any claim to rule.

And Kuyper reminds us that Jesus’ authority extends to the life—and death—of every Christian.

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Pro Rege volume 2 is now available in both print and digital formats! Dig into its theological riches this Easter. You may find yourself disagreeing with Kuyper, but you certainly won’t be left without food for thought. Get it now.

Should I Get Logos 7 Basic if I Already Own Logos?

By now, you’ve probably heard about Logos 7 Basic, the new, free version of Logos Bible Software. And if you already own Logos, you may be wondering, “What does that mean for me?” In fact, you may be one of the customers who flooded the blog with questions like:

“If I install the free version of Logos 7, will my copy of Logos 6 be deleted or overwritten?”

“I have Logos 6 and Logos Gold. Is there any reason why I should get Logos 7 Basic?”

Great questions. Here’s the answer:

When you get Logos 7 Basic, we’ll add new books and features to the resources you already own; you won’t lose a thing.

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6 Can’t-Miss Commentaries on Sale This Month Only

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There are just four days left to save up to 50% on church history, theology, and biblical studies resources in the March monthly sale. And if you’re ready to give a boost to your commentary collection, check out these can’t-miss deals before they disappear:

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4 Days Left to Get Your Free Devotional!

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On Easter, Jesus struck a staggering blow. Death is on its last legs, breathing its last rasping breaths. With all of creation, we await the day it stumbles into its grave at last and Jesus ushers in the renewed creation.

But the resurrection didn’t just change history, it shapes our everyday. We don’t live under the dominion of death; as believers, we have tasted the future of resurrection. Ours is a risen existence.

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Martin Luther’s Legacy Lives on in This New Documentary

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It’s been half a millennium since Martin Luther struck the spark that lit the fire of Reformation across the world. Much has changed since that revolutionary act, but one thing is certain: we are living in the legacy of Luther.

In the new documentary Luther: The Life and Legacy of the German Reformer, filmmaker Stephen McCaskell walks us through the key events that shaped the life of the man who has shaped the modern church. Get an up-close look at someone who, despite his flaws and missteps, was used to preserve the gospel of grace.

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Why Biblical Character Studies Are So Powerful

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Moses. Noah. Ruth. Hezekiah. These biblical characters can seem larger than life. Their stories are so grand, their significance so great, it’s easy to forget they were real people—with real struggles—that God chose to use in spite of their weaknesses.

That’s one reason character studies are so powerful. Whether you’re studying for personal devotion or preparing a lesson or sermon, when you dive deep into the lives of biblical characters, you realize that there was nothing special to set them apart; God didn’t choose these individuals because of any intrinsic greatness. In fact, God delights in using sinful, flawed people who nevertheless turned to him in reliance on his grace. In short, character studies remind us that God uses messed-up people like you and me.

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Piper, Spurgeon, Tozer & More: Save 40% on Round 3 Authors!

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Sixty-four theological all-stars have slugged it out for weeks, but today only eight remain standing. LMM rookie Tim Keller tore through the first two rounds, but he may have met his match with F.F. Bruce. As of this writing, Bruce leads Keller by 100 votes. But with four days left in Round 4, Keller could still snag a victory and advance.

Meanwhile, Douglas Moo takes on John Stott; Martin Luther faces B.B. Warfield (and is leading the great Princeton Theologian by nearly 200 votes!); and Leon Morris has a healthy lead over R.C. Sproul. Get in on the fun and vote in Round 4 of Logos March Madness.

But don’t stop there: check out the savings on select works by Round 3 authors. Only the most popular authors make it this far into Logos March Madness, which means the biggest saving yet are on some of the biggest names in theology and biblical studies. Get 40% off these round 3 authors:

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A Conversation with Michael F. Bird on Staying Curious in Bible Study

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The NIV Faithlife Study Bible invites you to explore the Bible and inform your faith. There is limitless depth to God’s Word—whether it’s studying the original biblical languages or the details of the ancient world, there’s always something new to learn. Discover intriguing insights in robust study notes based on the original languages of the Bible. Visualize the biblical story with stunning graphics that bring the ancient world—and the Bible—to life.

Whether you’re studying the Bible for the first time or the thousandth time, the NIV Faithlife Study Bible is the perfect tool to feed your curiosity about God and his work in the world.

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Save up to 50% on Biblical Studies, Theology, & More!

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In March’s monthly sale, you can get commentaries, theological resources, evangelism and apologetic resources, and more—all for up to half off the regular price. Here are five March deals you don’t want to pass up:

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