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.
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.
8 August 2021
Series: Guest Preachers
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!
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!
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.
28 February 2021
Matthew 21:23-32 outline two of Jesus’ teachings that are related. The first section of the passage demonstrates that Jesus has divine authority because He is the God of the universe who has come in the flesh. The second section then shows us that Jesus is the only one who can actually produce the inward change that God requires to satisfy holiness and justice. May everyone look to this Jesus in order to have life and salvation.