Topic: Kingdom of God/Heaven
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?
13 June 2021
In this passage, Jesus encourages all people to be watchful for His return. He will return suddenly and unexpectedly at His Second Coming. We all must be ready. Thankfully, we know that it is His Spirit who ultimately makes us willing and ready to receive our King. Come to Jesus!
9 May 2021
Jesus gives His last powerful and stern warning to the scribes and Pharisees in this seventh woe. He underscores how their rebellion against His person and work is the same as the rebellion of God’s people in the Old Testament. Both have rejected God’s Word as He so graciously revealed it to us. May we never do the same. May we always come to Jesus Christ, who is the Word made flesh, and may He grant us life in His Spirit.
4 April 2021
Jesus combats false teaching of the most important kind in this passage: the denial of the Resurrection. Without the true doctrine of the Resurrection (both of Christ’s and of ours), the Christian faith and life become meaningless. But with the truth of the Resurrection, everything in this life gains meaning. Indeed, there is nothing that the Christian can’t face in the light of God’s grace through eternity.
21 March 2021
Series: Guest Preachers
Jesus gives the perfect and model prayer for Christians in this passage of Scripture. By praying this prayer, God’s people are asking their King and Heavenly Father to use them and to work through them in order that His Kingdom might come on earth. Christians should take great hope and encouragement as they make this prayer. God is always faithful to answer this prayer. Truly, may His will be done on earth, as it is in heaven!
14 March 2021
In this passage, Jesus tells a parable about a great king that throws a lavish party for his son. He then explains that God is this King, and He is the Son. The wedding feast thrown is a picture of His Kingdom. Although everyone is invited to come and celebrate, only those who are clothed in Christ may enter (and stay). Are you clothed in the righteous robes of Jesus Christ?
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?