In Matthew 26:15, Judas Iscariot says to the chief priests, “What are you willing to give me to betray Him to you?” And they weighed out thirty pieces of silver to him.
A quick and easy test to find out if someone is a true believer in Jesus Christ is to simply ask them, “What are you willing to receive to betray Jesus?” It is too easy (yet we do it so often) to just accept someone saying, “I’m a Christian,” with the mindset behind it, “I’m born in the United States, of course I’m Christian by default.” It is not our job to judge whether More >
Beware of light thoughts of sin. At the time of conversion, the conscience is so tender, that we are afraid of the slightest sin. Young converts have a holy timidity, a godly fear lest they should offend against God. But alas! very soon the fine bloom upon these first ripe fruits is removed by the rough handling of the surrounding world: the sensitive plant of young piety turns into a willow in after life, too pliant, too easily yielding. It is sadly true, that even a Christian may grow by degrees so callous, that the sin which once startled him More >
Here is sovereign mercy-”I will give them the shower in its season.” Is it not sovereign, divine mercy?-for who can say, “I will give them showers,” except God? There is only one voice which can speak to the clouds, and bid them beget the rain. Who sendeth down the rain upon the earth? Who scattereth the showers upon the green herb? Do not I, the Lord? So grace is the gift of God, and is not to be created by man. It is also needed grace. What would the ground do without showers? You may break the clods, you may More >
read the bible in a year: day 55 Matthew 5:21-48
21 You have knowledge that it was said in old times, You may not put to death; and, Whoever puts to death will be in danger of being judged: 22 But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be in danger of being judged; and he who says to his brother, Raca, will be in danger from the Sanhedrin; and whoever says, You foolish one, will be in danger of the hell of fire. 23 If then you are making an offering at the altar and there it comes More >
John 3:14-15 NASB
As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up; so that whoever believes will in Him have eternal life.
Jesus is referring to a very well-known incident that happened in the wilderness when Moses lead the children of Israel out Egypt and into the promised land. There was a plague because of the sin of the people and they were dying from vicious serpent bites. Moses took a brass serpent and put it on a pole and as many of the people would look upon the serpent would live More >
“Moab settled on his lees, he hath not been emptied from vessel to vessel.” Give a man wealth; let his ships bring home continually rich freights; let the winds and waves appear to be his servants to bear his vessels across the bosom of the mighty deep; let his lands yield abundantly: let the weather be propitious to his crops; let uninterrupted success attend him; let him stand among men as a successful merchant; let him enjoy continued health; allow him with braced nerve and brilliant eye to march through the world, and live happily; give him the buoyant spirit; More >
The marrow of Job’s comfort lies in that little word “My”-”My Redeemer,” and in the fact that the Redeemer lives. Oh! to get hold of a living Christ. We must get a property in him before we can enjoy him. What is gold in the mine to me? Men are beggars in Peru, and beg their bread in California. It is gold in my purse which will satisfy my necessities, by purchasing the bread I need. So a Redeemer who does not redeem me, an avenger who will never stand up for my blood, of what avail were such? Rest More >
read the bible in a year: day 18 Luke 14:1-24
1 And it came about that when he went into the house of one of the chief Pharisees on the Sabbath, to have a meal, they were watching him. 2 And a certain man was there who had a disease. 3 And Jesus, answering, said to the scribes and Pharisees, Is it right to make people well on the Sabbath or not? 4 But they said nothing. And he made him well and sent him away. 5 And he said to them, Which of you, whose ox or ass has got into a water-hole, will not straight More >
The superlative beauty of Jesus is all-attracting; it is not so much to be admired as to be loved. He is more than pleasant and fair, he is lovely. Surely the people of God can fully justify the use of this golden word, for he is the object of their warmest love, a love founded on the intrinsic excellence of his person, the complete perfection of his charms. Look, O disciples of Jesus, to your Master’s lips, and say, “Are they not most sweet?” Do not his words cause your hearts to burn within you as he talks with you More >
In Matthew 27:23, Pilate asks the Jewish religious leaders, “Why (do you want to crucify Him), what evil has He done?” But they kept shouting all the more, saying, “Crucify Him!”
It is a shame that the only voice of reason was the pagan gentile politician. The religious people are calling to murder a man who has done nothing but good for the community. Even the governor is asking for a valid reason to crucify Jesus. The people are so brainwashed don’t even know why they want Jesus to be crucified but they know it sounds good. After all, what is the main reason people More >