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In Matthew 20:23, Jesus replies to James and John, “You will indeed drink My cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with; but to sit on My right hand and on My left is not Mine to give, but it is for those for whom it is prepared by My Father.”
There is a cost to follow after Jesus. Salvation is free but being a disciple of Jesus has its cost; sometimes that cost may even be our lives here on earth. It may sound a bit scary but we must always remember that He who freely offers salvation More >
In Matthew 26:67, the people spit in Jesus face and beat Him with their fists and others slapped Him.
Spitting in someone’s face is the most disrespectful act one human being can do to another. This must have been one of the biggest test Jesus faced up to this point. The Creator of Heaven and Earth to be spit in the face by his own creation; that is very degrading. If there was any reason to give up on mankind and let man die in his own sin, this was the perfect time. However, Jesus endured humiliation. He allowed the spit More >
Matthew 20:24 tells us when the ten other disciples heard the conversation between Jesus, James, and John, they were greatly displeased with the two brothers.
Nobody likes a show-off, someone who acts very pious or as they are on a higher spiritual level than another person. We fail to realize there are only two levels. Spirit and Flesh. We can choose to walk with God or we can choose to walk with the devil. Our flesh screams at us to be in first place while the living in the Spirit always reminds us we are always first when we place ourselves last. Imagine that: our whole lives More >
In Matthew 26:66, The people respond, “He (Jesus) deserves death!” for His claim of being the Christ.
Today, people still vender a guilty verdict and demand the death penalty for Jesus. It is amazing how a man who walked around healing people, feeding people, caring for people and giving them hope is continually being sentenced to death. People hate Jesus. They have no reason for it other than their live are controlled by everything he preaches against. It is a serious addiction to evil and wickedness. Jesus says to give but their hearts want to take. Jesus says love but their More >
In Matthew 20:25, Jesus called them to Himself and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them.”
There goes Jesus, the Prince of Peace, bring peace to a confrontation as He always does. Just as Jesus called the disciples to Himself, He also calls us to Him. Jesus told them, as well as He tells us, not to live like the rest of the world. If you look at any country, whether dictatorship or democracy, there is one man exalted above everyone else. It is also the same way in most More >
John 1:43 NASB
The next day Jesus purposed to go into Galilee, and He found Philip. And Jesus said to him, “Follow Me.”
Many people use the phrase, “I found Jesus,” or “I found God.” While it is understandable, it is not necessarily accurate. As we see here, Jesus purposely finds us. He purposed to go to Galilee in order to find Philip and tell him to follow Him. God has revealed Himself to us through the person of Jesus Christ. It always seems to us as we found Him because of the amazing revelation that comes to our hearts and minds More >
In Matthew 20:27, Jesus continues to say, “and whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave.”
My cousin has a song called “Stay in the Race.” He speaks about the race of life not being about first or last, but more about finishing the race. Everyone starts off in the race of life but in this race, only those who simply trusted in Christ actually finish the race. Only by the grace of God are we capable of enduring to the end. It doesn’t have anything to do with how strong we think we are. It is More >
In Matthew 20:29, it reads now as they (Jesus and the disciples) went out of Jericho, a great multitude followed Him (Jesus).
As we have see going through the book of Matthew, multitudes continue to follow Jesus. It seems when things are going well, it is easy for the crowd to follow a person. With the last presidential election, there was a huge following but soon thereafter, people started turn away. The human heart is so weak. Everyone seems to love Jesus when He is healing and teaching about love and kindness; however when it comes to His claims of being More >
John 1:40-41 NASB
One of the two who heard John speak and followed Him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. He found first his own brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which translated means Christ).
Jesus is my personal savior. I have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. I personally believe in Jesus as my Savior. These are a few of the cliche sayings we hear Christians say when describing who Jesus is to them. It seems very “personal” but I wonder if that is really shame for believing in Jesus. When a relationship is described as personal, it More >
John 1:42 NASB
Andrew brought Simon to Jesus. Jesus looked at Simon and said, “You are Simon the son of John; you shall be called Cephas” (which is translated Peter).
When Jesus met Andrew’s brother Simon, He immediately changed his name to Cephas but Cephas is usually referred to add Peter. Cephas means rock. Reading through the Gospels, we know that Peter was not as solid as a rock before the resurrection but Jesus saw Peter as who He would transform Him into, not as who he currently was. We are identified by our names. Even if someone goes by a false identity, More >