The last words of Jesus were, “It is finished!” Have you ever thought about the meaning of these words? The most common interpretation is that He was speaking about the completion of the sacrificial act of taking on the sins of the world. This is true, but there is an even deeper meaning to this […]
There is a mystery about the Christian faith that has always intrigued me. I have heard it described in several ways. Some call it ‘head knowledge versus heart knowledge’. Others refer to it as logos vs. rhema, or the written vs. the revealed Word of God. Still others speak of knowing Jesus as opposed […]
During this resurrection passage in the last chapter of Matthew, the words “fear” and “afraid” are mentioned four times. It is clear that when the full presence of God manifests in our reality, the normal human reaction is fear.
Jesus tells the women, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they […]
Today’s scripture moves from the arrest of Jesus to his death on the cross and laying him in the tomb. As I read these verses I was flooded with memories of Good Friday services growing up, of the sanctuary growing dark as the altar guild ladies quietly stripped the front of the sanctuary of any adornments. […]
In examining Luke chapter 23 we see so many beautiful things in the person of Jesus. Here’s a few that stand out:
(vs. 5) Jesus transformed the landscape of Jewish culture by what he taught and did. His accusers rightly declared, ‘he stirs up people all over Judea by his teaching. He started in Galilee and […]
Darkness fills the verses we read today….the enemy’s face peering through actions in the natural. Judas hangs himself after betraying Jesus, the hateful crowd presses Pilate to release Barabbas, and Pilate simply washes his hands of the blood that is yet to be shed. Darkness continues as our Lord is handled by the soldiers: He […]
Jesus is teaching his disciples about His departure and the Holy Spirit is to come. Here the Holy Spirit is the transition agent who is going to take the disciples from focusing on Jesus in the natural to trusting in the Father and Christ through the Holy Spirit. Our part is to be a believer […]
“Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.” (Prv29:25) It’s interesting that in Luke 22:2, we see the chief priests and teachers of the law demonstrate a fear of man over the fear of God, when we read they “were looking for a way to get rid of Jesus, […]
“Psst… Jesus is coming! Look busy!”
Well, that might work at the office but it won’t play on Judgment Day. All will be revealed.
The revealing of men’s hearts is one of the primary themes of today’s Bible reading. “Two men are working in a field; one is taken and one is left”. Ten virgins go out […]
The texts from today are warnings to any leaders within the church who are lacking humble hearts. There are many woes said to the teachers of the law, Pharisees and hypocrites who do everything so that others may see all that they do. There are no kind words spoken to these people, only a stern […]