Archive for May 22, 2012
read the bible in a year: day 74 Matthew 15:21-39
21 And Jesus went away from there into the country of Tyre and Sidon. 22 And a woman of Canaan came out from those parts, crying and saying, Have pity on me, O Lord, Son of David; my daughter is greatly troubled with an unclean spirit. 23 But he gave her no answer. And his disciples came and said to him, Send her away, for she is crying after us. 24 But he made answer and said, I was sent only to the wandering sheep of the house of Israel. 25 But she came and gave him More >
In Matthew 27:46, at about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, ”Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”
Jesus is feeling the full wrath of God for the sin of humanity. This is the realization of how much sin separates us from God. All of us at some point in our lives have felt lonely and separated. Jesus Christ was lifted above the earth to be a public display of sin. Sin was being examined under a microscope. The people did not realize the message they were sending to the world. After hanging on More >
Today, we will finish our thinking about Jesus’ prayer in John 17. Read John 17: 20 – 26. As you read, identify the key theme. It is hard to miss!
In verse 20 we hear Jesus shift from praying for His individual disciples to praying for the believers that will follow in years and centuries to come. Those believers constitute Christ’s church. So when you read the pronoun “them” in these verses … it refers to Jesus’ church. She cannot be ignored as unimportant, as unnecessary. She is Christ’s body on this earth … and He spent time in prayer for her before More >
Changeful experience often leads the anxious believer to enquire “Why is it thus with me?” I looked for light, but lo, darkness came; for peace, but behold trouble. I said in my heart, my mountain standeth firm, I shall never be moved. Lord, thou dost hide thy face, and I am troubled. It was but yesterday that I could read my title clear; to-day my evidences are bedimmed, and my hopes are clouded. Yesterday I could climb to Pisgah’s top, and view the landscape o’er, and rejoice with confidence in my future inheritance; to-day, my spirit has no hopes, but More >