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.
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!
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.
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!
7 March 2021
The Parable of the Tenants paints a stark and sad picture of God’s people refusing to hear God’s message and even rejecting His messengers. The most obvious occasion of this rejection was of Jesus Christ, God’s own Son. Thankfully, God appointed this time, and He has even working salvation and redemption through the cross of Christ. May we all come to Jesus and be found in Him so that we can bear fruit to the glory and praise of God the Father, the great owner of the vineyard!