To understand the Faith, we must understand Jesus’ role in creation and His role in the Church. Paul meditates on those things in the Christological Hymn of Colossians 1.15-20.
Christians sometimes treat the resurrection of Jesus as an apologetic “ace in the hole.” Luke’s Gospel shows us that even Jesus’ disciples couldn’t understand the meaning of Jesus’ death and resurrection until they had it explained to them–three times!
Jesus’ trial before the Sanhedrin turns on a tragic irony: though the Sanhedrin has everything it needs to confess Jesus as Lord, and even though they have arrived at the conclusion themselves, they use Jesus’ words to condemn him.
Most of the chapters of Daniel are self-contained (i.e., Daniel 1 tells a story, Daniel 2 tells a different story, Daniel 3 tells yet another story, etc.). Chapters 10-12 are different in that they tell of the same vision, the longest in the Book of Daniel. Chapter 10 introduces the vision and the enigmatic “man in linen” who delivers and explains it to Daniel. Chapter 11 contains the vision itself. Chapter 12 draws some conclusions and exhortations from the vision and ends with Daniel’s debriefing.