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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.