25 July 2021
Jesus prophesies in these verses that all of His disciples would fall away from Him and ultimately deny that they knew Him. Nevertheless, He is not discouraged by this reality. He even promises that He would gather them again and lead them on His mission to save the world (v32). Even when we are faithless, God is faithful. May Jesus Christ be praised!
18 July 2021
Jesus institutes the LORD’s Supper in these verses. By so doing, He demonstrates that His life and sacrifice are the ultimate fulfillment to which the Passover looked forward. He gives His disciples a new meal to commemorate and to celebrate as His people await the consummation of His coming Kingdom. A good question to ask yourself is: does this reality make you want to sing like it did His first disciples?
11 July 2021
Jesus shares the Last Supper, the Passover, with His disciples most likely on the eve of His arrest and crucifixion. He willingly undergoes a feast-meal, even with His betrayer(s). Jesus’ great sacrifice shows us, visibly, the great love that God has for His people. Let us all come to Jesus and find forgiveness and reconciliation.
4 July 2021
Matthew 26 begins with another pronouncement by Jesus of His upcoming death and crucifixion. The Gospel then highlights the contrast between a faithful response and an evil response to this truth. Mary anoints Jesus in faithful response to His ministry to her. Judas, on the other hand, betrays Jesus in a cowardly demonstration of rejection. All of us must ask the question: is Jesus worth it? By God’s grace, may you understand that He is.
27 June 2021
Jesus promises and prophesies His returning to the earth on the judgment day at the end of the age. “The Day of the Lord”, as Scripture so often calls it, will be a time of great vindication for God’s people. He will publicly declare them righteous in the sight of all. But for the wicked (for those apart from Jesus), this day will be one of great dread and anguish. Let us all, then, flee unto Jesus while there is yet time!
20 June 2021
God gives good gifts to His people in order that we might bear fruit for His Kingdom. Jesus will come again and judge us according to our faithfulness. We must not make either of two mistakes: living in fear of that judgment and so not doing anything . . . nor can we attempt to work for God’s glory in our own power. Only in God’s power and provision can we be a blessing.
13 June 2021
In this passage, Jesus encourages all people to be watchful for His return. He will return suddenly and unexpectedly at His Second Coming. We all must be ready. Thankfully, we know that it is His Spirit who ultimately makes us willing and ready to receive our King. Come to Jesus!
6 June 2021
There are few things that raise more questions than the end of the world. When you mix into that discussion topics like judgment and rapture, then things really get interesting. Thankfully, Jesus has made this topic fairly straightforward. These verses are a gold mine of comfort and clarity for all believers in every age.
30 May 2021
Series: Guest Preachers
1 Samuel 31 depicts the tragic death of King Saul, the first anointed king of Israel. Sadly, he did not follow God as his successor King David would. Ultimately, he was lost in shame and suffered the tragic end of suicide. Thankfully, our greater King, the Lord Jesus, will always remain faithful, even as He conquers sin and death and hell on our behalf and for our salvation.
23 May 2021
Jesus prophesies and foretells the destruction of Jerusalem that would occur in AD 70. Because of His faithful shepherding, many Christians escaped the assault and destruction of Jerusalem at the hands of the Romans. That destruction was only a type and a symbol of the persecution that Christians in every generation will face. God is faithful to guard His people and keep them safe, even through death.
16 May 2021
In these verses, Jesus foretells the destruction of Jerusalem and its Temple. We know that this was fulfilled in AD 70 when the Romans came and burned the city to the ground. Importantly, Jesus is explaining that this would not be the end of religion. God’s people are always to take hope and to take heart because Jesus reigns from everlasting to everlasting. Wars and rumors or wars and famines and earthquakes cannot stop King Jesus. Praise His name!
9 May 2021
Jesus gives His last powerful and stern warning to the scribes and Pharisees in this seventh woe. He underscores how their rebellion against His person and work is the same as the rebellion of God’s people in the Old Testament. Both have rejected God’s Word as He so graciously revealed it to us. May we never do the same. May we always come to Jesus Christ, who is the Word made flesh, and may He grant us life in His Spirit.
2 May 2021
Jesus explains the difference between Pharisaic religion (Judaism) and the Gospel of His grace. The religion of the Jews (at least those misguided by the scribes and Pharisees) was one of works. And because no man can be perfect, they were even hypocritical in how they upheld that religion. Only in the Gospel does Jesus free us by His grace and by His righteousness actually to serve God in sincerity. We will never be perfect in this life, but we can be saved.
25 April 2021
Jesus proclaims another set of woes upon the scribes and Pharisees in these verses. He does so primarily because they do not obey the Law perfectly. In fact, He warns them against their current practice, which actually undermines the Law. Instead, He pleads with them to look to Him as the only perfect Law-obeyer. May we do the same and find our true hope in Jesus alone.
18 April 2021
In this passage, Jesus begins His last teaching discourse in Matthew’s Gospel. He outlines for His disciples and for all people how they are to act as Kingdom citizens. They are not to be filled with pride, but rather they are to be humble before the Lord. We know this to be true because Jesus even humbles Himself as He comes to live and die for His people. May we all look to Him for salvation this day!
11 April 2021
Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the son of David, is the great King and ruler over all things. He has set the Father’s love and affection on us because of His perfect and finished work, and nothing can alter or change God’s intention to deliver us to Himself in glory. Only this reality will help us to weather the storms of this life. Only this promise will motivate us to obey these 2 great commandments.
4 April 2021
Jesus combats false teaching of the most important kind in this passage: the denial of the Resurrection. Without the true doctrine of the Resurrection (both of Christ’s and of ours), the Christian faith and life become meaningless. But with the truth of the Resurrection, everything in this life gains meaning. Indeed, there is nothing that the Christian can’t face in the light of God’s grace through eternity.
28 March 2021
Jesus in this passage explains the relationship between the church and the state. More importantly, He demonstrates that God is over all things. And through the Gospel, specifically, Jesus enables His followers to live in any nation-state, no matter what system of government is in power. Christians can pay taxes to a tyrant just as they can to a benevolent ruler. This is possible only because God has provided everything His people need in Jesus Christ.