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!
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!
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.
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.