Archive for June 18, 2012
We see in Simon’s carrying the cross a picture of the work of the Church throughout all generations; she is the cross-bearer after Jesus. Mark then, Christian, Jesus does not suffer so as to exclude your suffering. He bears a cross, not that you may escape it, but that you may endure it. Christ exempts you from sin, but not from sorrow. Remember that, and expect to suffer.
But let us comfort ourselves with this thought, that in our case, as in Simon’s, it is not our cross, but Christ’s cross which we carry. When you are molested for your More >
In Matthew 27:63, the chief priests and the Pharisees said to Pontius Pilate, “Sir, we remember that when He was still alive that deceiver said, ‘ After three days I am to rise again.’”
The chief priests and Pharisees are afraid at this point of being wrong. They personally saw the miracles that Jesus did, heard His perfect teachings, heard His claims to be God, heard His cry for their forgiveness while crucifying Him, saw the veil tear and felt the earth shake after His death. All that He did is undeniable evidence to the claims He made. People today cannot deny the implications that More >
read the bible in a year: day 94 Matthew 26:26-46
26 And when they were taking food, Jesus took bread and, after blessing it, he gave the broken bread to the disciples and said, Take it; this is my body. 27 And he took a cup and, having given praise, he gave it to them, saying, 28 Take of it, all of you, for this is my blood of the testament, which is given for men for the forgiveness of sins. 29 But I say to you that from now I will not take of this fruit of the vine, till that day when I take More >
Jesus, the Redeemer, is altogether ours and ours for ever. All the offices of Christ are held on our behalf. He is king for us, priest for us, and prophet for us. Whenever we read a new title of the Redeemer, let us appropriate him as ours under that name as much as under any other. The shepherd’s staff, the father’s rod, the captain’s sword, the priest’s mitre, the prince’s sceptre, the prophet’s mantle, all are ours. Jesus hath no dignity which he will not employ for our exaltation, and no prerogative which he will not exercise for our defence. More >