28 November 2021
Series: The Songs of Christmas
The Magnificat, as Mary’s Song has come to be known, is all about “magnifying” the praise of God Almighty. And in particular, Mary reveals that God deserves to be praised because of who He is and because of what He does. He is holy and mighty and powerful, and He uses all of this strength and righteousness to bless His people. We see this most perfectly in the Lord Jesus, who came not to be served, but to serve and to offer His life as a ransom for many.
21 November 2021
One of the most famous and beloved passages of Scripture: the Great Commission. But do you know the real intent behind Jesus’ command? He shows that God Himself will bring about His glory in all the earth, as He gives all authority to His Son and then empowers His people to witness for the Gospel of Christ. And He will be glorified! Praise the LORD.
14 November 2021
There are many who disbelieve the resurrection, both in Jesus’ day and in our own. The fact of the resurrection, however, is the foundation upon which all of Christianity either stands or falls. To be a Christian, simply put, is to be a witness to the resurrection of Jesus. Because Jesus is risen, everything in life can make sense, and we can have hope. As Paul would put it, if Jesus is not raised, then our faith is in vain, and we are still in our sins. Praise God that He is risen!
7 November 2021
Matthew (and all the Gospel writers) take great pains to demonstrate that Jesus of Nazareth truly died, and that He was buried in accordance with the Scriptures. We also see in these verses the contrast between faithful disciples, unlikely though they were and the guards who would set up the incontrovertible witness to Jesus’ resurrection. May we all faithfully look to Jesus who truly died and was truly raised!
31 October 2021
Isaiah 40 outlines the great faithfulness of God that brings His people comfort–even in the face of adversity and judgment. God’s Word, specifically, issues forth from the throne with eternal surety. If we cannot find hope in the promises of God, then ultimately we can find it nowhere. May we all be comforted by God’s sure and firm hand.
17 October 2021
The death of Jesus, the Son of God, brings with it amazing miracles. This is in part because He truly is the Son of God, and as such, He warrants great displays of God’s power. But even more than this, Jesus’ death brings great wonders because of what it accomplishes: peace on earth and good will towards men. God at the cross, in Christ Jesus, ushers in a new era of reconciliation through the blood of the Lamb. Truly, indeed, He is the Son of God!
10 October 2021
Jesus is crucified at the hands of lawless men, but He is ultimately delivered up for God’s people according to the plan of God the Father Himself. His shed blood and perfect obedience satisfy the wrath of God and secure the purchase price for the sins of His people. Because of Him, those who are in Christ are made righteous. May you respond to the good news of this Gospel today!
3 October 2021
This week’s passage sees Jesus handed over for crucifixion, even as He is beaten and mocked by Roman soldiers. The beauty of the Gospel is that it is ultimately God the Father who hands Jesus over for His people. Because of God’s great love and mercy, He has included the crucifixion in His plan of salvation. And because Christ is crucified, His people are saved.
26 September 2021
Jesus is put to trial in these verses, and it is a mockery of true justice. Amazingly, because of His submission to the Father, Jesus offers no defense of His own. He simply endures injustice because He knows that it is only His cross and His bearing of God’s wrath that can lead to forgiveness and life for His people. May God be praised for the faithfulness of the Savior!
19 September 2021
The death of Judas shows us the sad and hopeless end of our sin. The writer of Proverbs calls it “the way of folly”. The saddest part of Judas’ story is a warning for all. Righteousness and forgiveness could have been had in the mercy of Christ. Had he but come to Jesus in confession and repentance, all would not have been lost. May we heed this warning and come to Jesus!
12 September 2021
These verses give us a sobering picture that all disciples of Jesus are vulnerable to temptation and sin. Peter’s denial of Jesus is sad, but true. The comforting grace of the Gospel is that despite his failure, Christ is able to hold him fast. Jesus is able to take away even Peter’s denial and work faith in his heart and life. Jesus can do that for you as well!
5 September 2021
Jesus is placed on trial in these verses, though it serves more as an informal and illegal proceeding. The chief priests, along with the high priest, find Jesus guilty of blasphemy, which of course would be well-founded except that Jesus actually is God Incarnate. May we all wrestle with this amazing reality: that God came in the flesh and suffered injustice and punishment for the sake of His people. And may we rejoice that He offers His grace and mercy to all who believe this!
29 August 2021
Jesus is betrayed by Judas in these verses. But we also see that the sinful weakness of the disciples leads them to flee from Jesus and sure persecution. The only remedy for both of these things is to look to the Almighty and life-giving power of God. Thankfully, Jesus endured suffering and shame so that He could deliver His people through it. May we always look to Him!
22 August 2021
Jesus takes His disciples to Gethsemane, the place of the olive press. In this garden, God shows us the power of prayer, even in the face of sorrow and death. Jesus gives us a picture of God’s faithfulness and triumph over our enemies despite being tired and weary. May we trust in this ever-faithful and powerful God.
15 August 2021
Preacher: Rev. Nathan Eldridge
Have you ever considered what it means to put on the whole armor of God? Many Christians believe that it means we have to fight for God. In other words, we have to DO something for Him, or He needs our help. When you look closely at these verses, however, the verbs selected by Paul reference simply standing in place. And in the context of Ephesians, we know that it is God working in us through Christ that enables/causes us to stand in the first place. May we look to Him for all the strength that we need to stand in Christ.
8 August 2021
Have you ever considered the life of Simon of Cyrene? We know very little about the man–he is only mentioned in one verse in the Bible. However, he is a great example of God’s sovereignty and providence at work in a person’s life. God causes him to be in exactly the right place at the right time in order that he might not only meet Jesus but also serve him in a profound way. And God is still working this way in the lives of people today.
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?