In our last passage, Jesus was arrested in the garden. Today we find Him on trial before the Sanhedrin: 70 plus one Jewish governing authorities. They're seeking false testimony against Jesus among false witnesses against Him. But here's the thing: the only "false...read >>
In our passage today Jesus provides His most potent parable yet, aimed directly at the religious leaders in and around the Temple. He leaves no doubt as to who He was referring to: the Jewish chief priests and elders responsible for leading the people of God. But...read >>
The way of the world versus the Way of the Word.
In last week's passage, the mother of James and John requested that her boys sit at King Jesus' right and left in His Kingdom. In our passage today, the Lord handles the indignant response of the other 10 jealous...read >>
It's all connected... like one long tapestry. From his first verse through to today's passage, Matthew and the Holy Spirit continue their mission of revealing Jesus of Nazareth as the long-awaited Messiah.
On the heals of explaining how 'the last become first, and...read >>
Two weeks ago, Peter made the Great Confession on behalf of the disciples. Of Jesus, he said, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." Jesus' response? "Blessed are you Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh & blood did not reveal this to you, but my Father in...read >>
On the heels of Peter's great confession, comes evidence of great confusion still. He may have been persuaded of Jesus' identity as the Messiah, but he still had a long way to go in his understanding of God's plans to redeem the world from sin through the suffering...read >>
What defines you? It's really simple, and the same for all of us: the pursuit of whatever satisfies us, whatever brings us happiness and joy. So, what defines you?
In our passage today, Jesus calls His followers to their cross. A Roman cross was the most horrific...read >>
How thick is your skin? How thick is your sin?
"I must decrease that Christ may increase." John's words befit all of God's children. We're born so bent on our own situation. But our faithful God loves us, and will, therefore, see us through to fix our hope not on...read >>
In the last three weeks of our Gospel Doctrine series we have:
1) met the I Am who is sovereign & supremely good above all, who has always been & ever will be;
2) learned that the I Am created us to behold Him, and, in beholding Him, to find our joy in Him, and,...read >>
Has sin run so deep, does it have you so guilty you rightly know that you absolutely do NOT deserve forgiveness?
I can't even forgive myself, how could a holy God forgive me?
What if you could be absolutely assured of forgiveness and peace? That's what we all need.read >>
What He calls us to He suits us for, sustains us in, sanctifies us through.read >>
John makes a big deal in His Gospel about our need to see God in order to be salvaged from sin and given eternal life. But, what is it that must be seen?
The coming hour and Jesus' cross of crucifixion aren't simply blips on the human radar. Seeing another man on...read >>
The Son asks for glory, that the Father would be glorified in the hour that has come.read >>
In the coming hour the disciples will see, know, possess personally the love of the Father who sent the Son.read >>
So often Jesus becomes the means to financial peace, marriage matters, or a weigh down workshop. If we're not careful, we'll do an end around and bypass the One Jesus was sent to connect us to as well as the reason why His Father sent Him to do so.
Rather than...read >>
GRACE: Unmerited Favor
Sounds easy enough. But is it? Is God's grace easy to receive?
Truth be told, undeserved favor is taboo for most of us... especially when it comes from God. Something for nothing? Better (or harder) still, something good in exchange for...read >>
We were designed to run on glory! Glory is fuel for life. We love power, beauty, knowledge, mercy, grace.
Nowhere else is God's glory manifested before our eyes as in the Son of God at Calvary. Come see and proclaim John 12.31-33.read >>
What a difference knowledge and understanding make. Without it, where would be in this battle against sin? With it, however, we know that Jesus has already won the war, though the faith-filled battle wages on.
Our Shepherd & Savior strengthens knees that are weak...read >>
A bit of a transition passage in store today. We start in Bethany, move to Ephraim, and back to Bethany... just when the fire is hottest and Jesus is in the middle of it!
At first glance, it look as though King Jesus may be on the run from fear of losing His life....read >>
God is glorious. He is so good. He alone can take our most regretful words, accidents, and sin and, in His marvelous ways, use them for our Good.
This week the Jewish leaders think of the perfect plan to finally secure their pride, position, place, and status......read >>