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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 >
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 >
In Matthew 27:35, when they (the Roman soldiers) had crucified Jesus, they divided up His garments among themselves by casting lots.
The pictures we have that portray the crucifixion are nothing like it really was. They give the idea of a strong clean man who was simply nailed to the cross. Many people argue whether Jesus was a white man, black man, or an Arab looking man like it would really make a difference. The truth is, when it mattered most, He was a red man covered in His own blood. His face and body was a total disaster. He was stripped completely naked More >
John answered and said, “A man can receive nothing unless it has been given him from heaven.” ~ John 3:27
John realized the most essential part of his ministry. Many leaders get a sense of pride and arrogance as their ministry gets larger. They credit the growth and expansion of their ministry to God but its really due to their creative marketing tactics and worldly methods of influence. John clearly understands that his ministry was given to Him by God and God has the power to do whatever He wants with it. Our lives are our ministry and God wants full possession More >
And they came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, He who was with you beyond the Jordan, to whom you have testified, behold, He is baptizing and all are coming to Him.” ~ John 3:26
To many people in leadership positions, their ministry is the most important thing in their lives. Their ministry supersedes their wives, their children, and worst off, supersedes Jesus Christ. What really matters is how many members are in the congregation and how fast it grows. They want to be make the secular list in order to be rated and looked upon by the masses as More >
Therefore there arose a discussion on the part of John’s disciples with a Jew about purification. ~ John 3:25
John is focusing on bringing people back to the God while his disciples are worrying about the methods of purification. How common is it that we fight over things that have no significance on the eternal life we share in Jesus Christ? Everywhere we look, whether it’s Facebook, Twitter, or any other random blogs, people are arguing over the ‘Sabbath’, predestination vs free-will, tattoos, what kind of foods to eat, or whether or not it is a sin to drink alcoholic beverages More >
In Matthew 21:17, Jesus left the Pharisees, scribes, and people in Jerusalem and went out of the city to Bethany, and He lodged there.
Jesus has a purpose for everything that He does. Why did He leave? He was coming right back tomorrow, wasn’t He? Seems like the purpose of this trip was to clear the temple and to correct the chief priests and scribes misconception about who He really is. However, if we look a little deeper, we can relate this trip into Jerusalem with the purpose Jesus came to the earth in the first place. As Jesus cleared the More >
John also was baptizing in Aenon near Salim, because there was much water there; and people were coming and were being baptized- for John had not yet been thrown into prison. ~ John 3:23-24
It seems that Jesus is impeding on John’s territory. John is doing what God has sent him to do but Jesus is showing up stealing his fame and glory. John was baptizing people for repentance of their sins. His purpose was to prepare the way for Jesus. John knew exactly what his purpose was. Many people are in search for their purpose but they miss the fact More >
After these things Jesus and His disciples came into the land of Judea, and there He was spending time with them and baptizing. ~ John 3:22
People tend to look at Jesus through the lenses of their personal agenda or goal. Some people view Jesus as a social justice pioneer, others see Jesus as a passive, weak, non-judgmental, nice guy, some see Jesus as just a prophet, and lastly, a man with high morals. Gandhi said of Christians, “Jesus is ideal and wonderful, but you Christians – you are not like him.” However, in the quest of promoting what Jesus said More >