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!
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!
7 February 2021
The beginning of Matthew 21 reveals that Jesus is indeed the King of the Jews. In fact, as He rides into Jerusalem, it is already foreshadowed that He is the King of all the nations. Matthew quotes from Zechariah 9 at least partly to demonstrate that Jesus is the Savior of the entire world–not every single person who ever lived, but a people from out of every tribe and nation and language. May Jesus Christ, the only true King, the King of all kings, be praised forevermore!
31 January 2021
Jesus fields an unholy question from His disciples in this passage. They are concerned to see Jesus reigning in Jerusalem, but they are also quick to ignore His suffering and death. They want to know who is the greatest and who will have the most honor. Jesus’ reply, however, underscores that His ministry and life are highlighted by humility. Is your life marked by this same kind of humility–a quality that can only come from the Holy Spirit?