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.
16 May 2021
In these verses, Jesus foretells the destruction of Jerusalem and its Temple. We know that this was fulfilled in AD 70 when the Romans came and burned the city to the ground. Importantly, Jesus is explaining that this would not be the end of religion. God’s people are always to take hope and to take heart because Jesus reigns from everlasting to everlasting. Wars and rumors or wars and famines and earthquakes cannot stop King Jesus. Praise His name!
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.
21 February 2021
In this passage, Jesus comes to a barren fig tree and curses it for not bearing fruit as it was designed to do. He again uses an agricultural illustration in these verses to make a larger point. It isn’t about the fig tree itself. Instead, Jesus wants people to understand the fruitlessness of the Israelites of His day, primarily represented by the Jerusalem Temple and her leadership. The only way for Christians to bear fruit is by faith in Jesus Christ through the power of His Holy Spirit as we come to ask the Father in prayer.
14 February 2021
Jesus comes into Jerusalem for Passover and immediately cleanses the Temple of its false worship. He exposes the Temple leadership for what they really were: profiteers. Jesus then calls all of us back to a true and sincere love and devotion for God the Father. And He underscores that this kind of life is only possible through the transformative power of His Holy Spirit.