In Matthew 26:67, the people spit in Jesus face and beat Him with their fists and others slapped Him.
Spitting in someone’s face is the most disrespectful act one human being can do to another. This must have been one of the biggest test Jesus faced up to this point. The Creator of Heaven and Earth to be spit in the face by his own creation; that is very degrading. If there was any reason to give up on mankind and let man die in his own sin, this was the perfect time. However, Jesus endured humiliation. He allowed the spit More >
Faith is the foot of the soul by which it can march along the road of the commandments. Love can make the feet move more swiftly; but faith is the foot which carries the soul. Faith is the oil enabling the wheels of holy devotion and of earnest piety to move well; and without faith the wheels are taken from the chariot, and we drag heavily. With faith I can do all things; without faith I shall neither have the inclination nor the power to do anything in the service of God. If you would find the men who serve More >
Even the sweetest visits from Christ, how short they are-and how transitory! One moment our eyes see him, and we rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory, but again a little time and we do not see him, for our beloved withdraws himself from us; like a roe or a young hart he leaps over the mountains of division; he is gone to the land of spices, and feeds no more among the lilies.
“If to-day he deigns to bless us With a sense of pardoned sin, He to-morrow may distress us, Make us feel the plague within.”
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Matthew 20:24 tells us when the ten other disciples heard the conversation between Jesus, James, and John, they were greatly displeased with the two brothers.
Nobody likes a show-off, someone who acts very pious or as they are on a higher spiritual level than another person. We fail to realize there are only two levels. Spirit and Flesh. We can choose to walk with God or we can choose to walk with the devil. Our flesh screams at us to be in first place while the living in the Spirit always reminds us we are always first when we place ourselves last. Imagine that: our whole lives More >
God often DELAYS IN ANSWERING PRAYER. We have several instances of this in sacred Scripture. Jacob did not get the blessing from the angel until near the dawn of day-he had to wrestle all night for it. The poor woman of Syrophenicia was answered not a word for a long while. Paul besought the Lord thrice that “the thorn in the flesh” might be taken from him, and he received no assurance that it should be taken away, but instead thereof a promise that God’s grace should be sufficient for him. If thou hast been knocking at the gate of More >
Philippians 4: 10 – 20
continued from Lesson 7, Post 3
I see another thing in these verses that helps us with the heart disease of discontent. Paul commended the Philippian believers for being generous toward him. He wanted them to know that he did not “need” their gifts, but he was grateful to them for the gifts. What I find most interesting is the reason why Paul was grateful – and it had nothing to do with him.
He loved these people. He loved that church. And Paul knew that being generous was good tonic for their own hearts. He knew that More >
Paul closes his letter with “greetings” to his friends in the Lord. (Philippians 4:21)
I don’t want us to blow past that word too fast. Most of us only know our own culture and language and it shapes the way we read and think. Now for us … the word “greet” often means no more than to speak to. In fact, can you follow this scenario?
Person 1: Hello. How are you? Person 2: Fine, thank you. And you? Person 1: Just fine.
And that is called a greeting.
The Greek word that Paul uses is aspazomai. It means more than we More >
In Matthew 26:66, The people respond, “He (Jesus) deserves death!” for His claim of being the Christ.
Today, people still vender a guilty verdict and demand the death penalty for Jesus. It is amazing how a man who walked around healing people, feeding people, caring for people and giving them hope is continually being sentenced to death. People hate Jesus. They have no reason for it other than their live are controlled by everything he preaches against. It is a serious addiction to evil and wickedness. Jesus says to give but their hearts want to take. Jesus says love but their More >
We may understand this to refer to justification. “They shall walk in white”; that is, they shall enjoy a constant sense of their own justification by faith; they shall understand that the righteousness of Christ is imputed to them, that they have all been washed and made whiter than the newly-fallen snow.
Again, it refers to joy and gladness: for white robes were holiday dresses among the Jews. They who have not defiled their garments shall have their faces always bright; they shall understand what Solomon meant when he said “Go thy way, eat thy bread with joy, and drink More >
In Matthew 20:25, Jesus called them to Himself and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them.”
There goes Jesus, the Prince of Peace, bring peace to a confrontation as He always does. Just as Jesus called the disciples to Himself, He also calls us to Him. Jesus told them, as well as He tells us, not to live like the rest of the world. If you look at any country, whether dictatorship or democracy, there is one man exalted above everyone else. It is also the same way in most More >