In Matthew 21:19, Jesus saw a fig tree by the road. He came to it and found nothing on it but leaves, so He said to tree, “Let no fruit grow on you ever again.” Immediately the fig tree withered away.
This act by Jesus may offend environmentalist but God is all about productivity. The tree was useless so He got rid of it. In the blink of an eye, it was gone. In God’s eyes, we are all useful to Him. He doesn’t need us but He wants us. He wants to use us to bring glory to His name. However, More >
In Matthew 27:36, the soldiers and guards sat down and began to keep watch over Jesus there.
The soldiers, the guards and the people are watching Jesus on the cross waiting for something to happen. We put ourselves in a dangerous position time and time again. After we completely disrespect God, spit on Jesus Christ, and take His name in vain, we then sit around waiting to see what God will do. It reminds me of when I was a child and I did something wrong. I would not be able to concentrate because I knew at any moment my parents would come to More >
We here behold the Saviour in the depth of his sorrows. No other place so well shows the griefs of Christ as Calvary, and no other moment at Calvary is so full of agony as that in which his cry rends the air-”My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” At this moment physical weakness was united with acute mental torture from the shame and ignominy through which he had to pass; and to make his grief culminate with emphasis, he suffered spiritual agony surpassing all expression, resulting from the departure of his Father’s presence. This was the black More >
In Matthew 26:5, the Pharisees and the elders of the people in regards to their plan to seize and kill Jesus said, “Not during the festival, otherwise a riot might occur among the people.”
When plotting to do evil, the evil mind has to be very strategic. Have you ever seen a movie where a group of criminals plan to rob a bank? They layout all the schematics, the timing, the personnel needed, shift changes, etc. The Pharisees are plotting on how to capture and kill Jesus with the least publicity and least collateral damage. Thank God we serve a Lord who More >
Mockery was a great ingredient in our Lord’s woe. Judas mocked him in the garden; the chief priests and scribes laughed him to scorn; Herod set him at nought; the servants and the soldiers jeered at him, and brutally insulted him; Pilate and his guards ridiculed his royalty; and on the tree all sorts of horrid jests and hideous taunts were hurled at him. Ridicule is always hard to bear, but when we are in intense pain it is so heartless, so cruel, that it cuts us to the quick. Imagine the Saviour crucified, racked with anguish far beyond all More >
Years are short to the happy and healthy; but thirty-eight years of disease must have dragged a very weary length along the life of the poor impotent man. When Jesus, therefore, healed him by a word, while he lay at the pool of Bethesda, he was delightfully sensible of a change. Even so the sinner who has for weeks and months been paralysed with despair, and has wearily sighed for salvation, is very conscious of the change when the Lord Jesus speaks the word of power, and gives joy and peace in believing. The evil removed is too great to More >
If none of God’s saints were poor and tried, we should not know half so well the consolations of divine grace. When we find the wanderer who has not where to lay his head, who yet can say, “Still will I trust in the Lord;” when we see the pauper starving on bread and water, who still glories in Jesus; when we see the bereaved widow overwhelmed in affliction, and yet having faith in Christ, oh! what honour it reflects on the gospel. God’s grace is illustrated and magnified in the poverty and trials of believers. Saints bear up under More >
James 3: 5b – 12How great a forest is set ablaze by a small fire! And the tongue is a fire. The tongue is placed among our members as a world of iniquity; it stains the whole body, sets on fire the cycle of nature, and is itself set on fire by hell. For every species of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by the human species, but no one can tame the tongue – a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless the Lord and Father, and More >
Myrrh may well be chosen as the type of Jesus on account of its preciousness, its perfume, its pleasantness, its healing, preserving, disinfecting qualities, and its connection with sacrifice. But why is he compared to “a bundle of myrrh”? First, for plenty. He is not a drop of it, he is a casket full. He is not a sprig or flower of it, but a whole bundle. There is enough in Christ for all my necessities; let me not be slow to avail myself of him. Our well-beloved is compared to a “bundle” again, for variety: for there is in More >
read the bible in a year: day 63 Matthew 10:1-25
1 And he got together his twelve disciples and gave them the power of driving out unclean spirits, and of making well all sorts of disease and pain. 2 Now the names of the twelve are these: The first, Simon, who is named Peter, and Andrew, his brother; James, the son of Zebedee, and John, his brother; 3 Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew, the tax-farmer; James, the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; 4 Simon the Zealot, and Judas Iscariot, who was false to him. 5 These twelve Jesus sent out and gave them orders, saying, Do More >