Archive for April 30, 2012
Have you ever felt totally confused by a conversation that you are a part of? I mean, you hear the words … but you cannot grasp the meaning. It is so frustrating! That is exactly the scene in John 13 that we have read this week. There is so much confusion in the room. Jesus washes their feet and then says – now you do it, too. When? Right now? Jesus keeps talking about leaving and they can’t go. Why not? They have been everywhere with Him for 3 years. One of them is going to betray Him? Surely not! Who in More >
As we continue listening to James write about faith and works …
James 2: 20 – 26.
Do you want to be shown, you senseless person, that faith apart from works is barren? Was not our ancestor Abraham justified by works when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was brought to completion by the works. Thus the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness,” and he was called the friend of God. You see that a person More >
In Matthew 21:16, the indignant Pharisees said to Jesus, “Do You hear what these are saying?” Jesus replied to them, “Yes. Have you never read, ‘Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have perfected praise’?” quoting from Psalm 8:2
The devil is very slick. That is why he is called “the great deceiver.” He tried to have Jesus denounce His own position, power, authority. It is sad to see how Satan can blind the minds of so many smart and sophisticated men. They have so much knowledge but can never answer the simple question of what will happen to them after death. It More >
In Matthew 27:30-31, the Roman guards and soldiers spat on Jesus, and took the reed and began to beat Him on the head. After they had mocked Him, they took the scarlet robe off of Him and put His own garments back on Him and led Him away to crucify Him.
The love that God has for us is unbelievable. It can only be explained as a miracle. No human being could ever love someone else that much. How much love for people who hate you is necessary to watch your only Son be mocked, beaten, and ridiculed. It is hard enough for us to watch that happen to someone that we don’t know. More >
There are murmurers amongst Christians now, as there were in the camp of Israel of old. There are those who, when the rod falls, cry out against the afflictive dispensation. They ask, “Why am I thus afflicted? What have I done to be chastened in this manner?” A word with thee, O murmurer! Why shouldst thou murmur against the dispensations of thy heavenly Father? Can he treat thee more hardly than thou deservest? Consider what a rebel thou wast once, but he has pardoned thee! Surely, if he in his wisdom sees fit now to chasten thee, thou shouldst not More >