Posts with the category “jesus”
Wednesday, June 14, 2023
June 14th, 2023
As Peter prepared to wrap up his sermon on Pentecost, the crowd wondered what to do and how to respond to all that Peter had said about Jesus and His death and resurrection. They seemed t...
Thursday, June 8, 2023
June 8th, 2023
The story of Jesus’ transfiguration can be found in three of the four gospels. Matthew, Mark and Luke record this seminal moment in Jesus’ life. You may recall that Jesus invited Peter, Ja...
Monday, June 5, 2023
June 5th, 2023
Walking on water is an extraordinary feat. Much too rare to be an Olympic event. But about midway through Matthew’s gospel, Jesus did just that. He walked on the lake where the disciples...
Thursday, June 1, 2023
June 1st, 2023
In John 21:15-19, we read about Jesus’ efforts to “reinstate Peter.” The Lord had prepared breakfast for Peter and the other disciples who were at the seashore. When the meal ended, Jesu...
Wednesday, May 31, 2023
May 31st, 2023
We know that Jesus rose from the dead. That is a cardinal belief in the Christian faith. The cross was not the end. Our Lord died but He rose again. He made multiple appearances followin...
Tuesday, May 30, 2023
May 30th, 2023
In John 18, Jesus was arrested. The Lord was quickly moving forward in a current that led to the cross. There will be no turning back. There will be no concessions or compromises. A cro...
Thursday, May 25, 2023
May 25th, 2023
Following the foot washing in John 13, Judas departed from Jesus and the rest of the disciples to do his deeds of darkness and betrayal. Attention next turned to Peter once again. Peter a...
Wednesday, May 24, 2023
May 24th, 2023
We go back to the scene in John 13 just before Jesus’ arrest and crucifixion. As the Lord was washing the feet of the disciples, Peter put up a personal protest. We do not know anything ab...
Tuesday, May 23, 2023
May 23rd, 2023
When Peter heard that Jesus wanted to wash his feet, his initial reaction was dismay. “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” (John 13:6b). And rather quickly, his dismay morphed into deni...
Monday, May 22, 2023
May 22nd, 2023
John 13 is loaded with movement and heart-stopping moments. Immediately, John tells us the timing of the chapter. He wrote, “It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that th...
Thursday, May 18, 2023
May 18th, 2023
John 6:66 records a reality that is hard to fathom. John wrote, “From this time many of His disciples turned back and no longer followed Him.” People turned away from Jesus and deserted ...
Wednesday, May 17, 2023
May 17th, 2023
How would you like to take a “faith test” personally administered by Jesus? Sounds daunting, right? Peter took such a test and without any notice or warning. A little more than mid-way ...
Tuesday, May 16, 2023
May 16th, 2023
Peter and Jesus once attended a dinner party at the home of a Pharisee. It was not a state dinner at the White House but it was somewhere between Biltmore and Burger King. We pick up this s...
Wednesday, May 10, 2023
May 10th, 2023
The gospels are full of miracles Jesus performed. And each is astounding to consider. Frankly, is there such a thing as a “minor” miracle? A miracle is a miracle. It is the inbreaking o...
Tuesday, May 9, 2023
May 9th, 2023
In Mark 5, Jesus was busy. He healed a man possessed by demons. He raised a dead girl to life. He healed a sick woman. Near the end of this remarkable chapter, Jesus said to a man named J...
Thursday, April 6, 2023
April 6th, 2023
It was an innocent dinner party that we read about in John 12:1-11. And quite a party it was. It is not every day that you get to eat with someone who has been raised from the dead. And i...
Wednesday, April 5, 2023
April 5th, 2023
When we read John 13:21-32, two words stand out for us in this gospel reading…betrayal and denial. They are siblings. They are two roads that take you to the same place. Jesus was on th...
Tuesday, April 4, 2023
April 4th, 2023
As you probably know, there is a danger in leaving wood exposed to the elements of weather like sun and rain. Wood can easily weaken and suffer weather damage when exposed to the elements. ...
April 3, 2023
April 3rd, 2023
I recently read a health-related story about six ways to keep your brain sharp and active. These six ways are...learn a musical instrument, take up a foreign language, juggling, tango danci...
Thursday, March 30, 2023
March 30th, 2023
Palm Sunday commemorates Jesus’ final and triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Matthew, Mark and Luke record this moment in Jesus’ life. The Lord is welcomed with affection, acclaim and adorati...
Thursday, March 16, 2023
March 16th, 2023
Yesterday, March 15, is commonly called “the Ides of March.” Traditionally, this date marks the anniversary of the assassination of Julius Caesar by a group of Roman senators (perhaps most ...
Wednesday, March 8, 2023
March 8th, 2023
The prophet Isaiah had much to say about both the first and second coming of Christ. In chapter forty-two, he depicted Christ as “the Servant of the LORD.” He said that the Father “deligh...
Monday, February 13, 2023
February 13th, 2023
In His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said, “See how the flowers of the field grow” (Matthew 6:28). Some Bibles quote the Lord as saying, “consider the lilies.” By simply pointing to somethi...
Tuesday, January 24, 2023
January 24th, 2023
In his first letter to the Christians in Corinth, Paul wrote, “For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. If anyone builds on this foundation ...
Wednesday, January 4, 2023
January 4th, 2023
In Matthew 6, Jesus gave us a lesson on prayer. We commonly call His teachings “The Lord’s Prayer.” And the prayer that Jesus gave is a perfect example for us to study and follow as we ...
Thursday, December 22, 2022
December 22nd, 2022
Not long after Jesus was born, Mary and Joseph took Him to the Temple to comply with the purification rites that the Law of Moses required. Upon arriving at the Temple, they met a “righte...
Wednesday, December 21, 2022
December 21st, 2022
We might not expect to find much about Christmas or the Christmas story in 2 John but we actually do. There is an important truth to be gleaned from this small, one- chapter book near the ...
Wednesday, December 14, 2022
December 14th, 2022
John is a standout figure in the New Testament. He was a fisherman prior to hearing the Lord’s call to become a fisher of men. His gospel is distinctly different from the way Matthew, Ma...
Thursday, November 17, 2022
November 17th, 2022
As we approach the end of the New Testament, we find the book of Hebrews. The primary theme of this book is the superiority of Jesus and the work that He completed through His life, death...
Thursday, October 27, 2022
October 27th, 2022
The work of Jesus at the cross is beyond total human comprehension. It is nothing short of extraordinary to consider what Christ did for us by paying the debt of sin. We do not treat thi...
Tuesday, October 11, 2022
October 11th, 2022
We do not know everything there is to know about heaven in perfect detail and understanding. Indeed, we, as humans, are not going to possess that kind of perfect understanding in this worl...
Wednesday, September 7, 2022
September 7th, 2022
John’s gospel presents a portrait of Jesus that is different from the first three gospel accounts. John opened with a recognition of the eternal nature of Jesus and the embodiment of God i...
Tuesday, September 6, 2022
September 6th, 2022
We know Luke in two ways—as a physician and as a Scripture writer. He was inspired by the Holy Spirit to write the gospel known by his name and the book of Acts. Indeed, some people consi...
Thursday, September 1, 2022
September 1st, 2022
Mark is likely the earliest of the four gospels. This gospel was also a source for both Matthew and Luke. Together, the first three gospels are often called the synoptic gospels becaus...
Wednesday, June 22, 2022
June 22nd, 2022
In Leviticus 16, we read God’s instructions to Moses concerning atonement for the sins of the people of Israel. In these instructions, we find reference to “the scapegoat.” This express...
Wednesday, April 6, 2022
April 6th, 2022
In chapter nine of his gospel, Luke recorded Jesus’ feeding of the five thousand. The actual number was likely even higher because Luke 9:14 recorded that the number five thousand represent...
Monday, March 14, 2022
March 14th, 2022
People are often eager to engage in conversations about the end of time, the last days and the return of Jesus. Certainly, matters like these are important for anyone to consider and to tak...
Monday, March 7, 2022
March 7th, 2022
“One thing you lack.” Those four words can sound rather haunting or biting. When we first hear those words, they can easily rub us the wrong way and leave us feeling angry or seething. But c...
Wednesday, March 2, 2022
March 2nd, 2022
I read a statistic recently that suggested the diet management and healthy eating industry in America is about $200 billion in annual revenue. That is a lot of money and a lot of interest....
Monday, February 28, 2022
February 28th, 2022
Cling is a good biblical word. Do you cling to anything? Do you cling to anyone? Often, we speak of clinging to God and especially during difficult and demanding times where we are runn...
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