Posted on March 25, 2021
“They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, ‘Hosanna!’ ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!’ ‘Blessed is the king of Israel!’” (John 12:13 NIV)
Just as the details of God’s word are significant, so are the words and actions of Jesus when He walked the earth. Fully God and fully man, Jesus came to defeat death on the cross in order to save mankind. Many biblical greats had come before Him, but none could complete the will of God but His only Son. Palm Sunday was an extremely significant day in the life and ministry of Jesus Christ. Nearing the end of His earthly journey, His full identity as Messiah began to be revealed.
Posted on March 24, 2021
“The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, ‘Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!’” John 1:29, ESV
“…and he looked at Jesus as he walked by and said, ‘Behold, the Lamb of God!’” – John 1:36, ESV
“And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death.” – Rev. 12:11, ESV
“But nothing unclean will ever enter it, nor anyone who does what is detestable or false, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s book of life.” – Rev. 21:27, ESV
We know in the Gospel of John that John the Baptist was referring to Jesus when he exclaimed, “Behold the Lamb of God!” There were also Old Testament prophecies concerning the sacrifice of a servant for his people. Jesus was prophesied as the Lamb of God in Isaiah 53:7 and Isaiah 53:12, which reads: “Therefore I will give him a portion among the great, and he will divide the spoils with the strong, because he poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.”
Jesus is the perfect sacrifice; He chose to sacrifice His life for us so that in Him, we would have new life. “The substitutionary death of Christ takes away the sin of the whole world, including all Gentiles – a shocking revelation to the Jewish readers” (Moody Bible Commentary). Jesus chose to sacrifice His life for all people. In the greatest act of love the world will ever witness, God sent His only Son to be sacrificed for all mankind:
Posted on March 22, 2021
The anticipation of Spring is upon us, yet in some places the ground is still cold and hard. As I write this, streets and neighborhoods around the world are increasingly desolate, as we battle a global pandemic. In these moments, it’s essential to remember God is sovereign. He isn’t surprised, and He knows what tomorrow will bring. The assurance of His faithfulness and grace will begin to break through the ground in pops of color in every variety. Though the world seems like a frightening place, we can know, just as the Lord adorns the flowers and initiates the regrowth of Spring, He is sustaining and providing for us. In the most difficult moments of worry or anxiety, God faithfully reminds us to “consider the lilies of the field”.
These verses are excerpts from the Jesus’ most well-known sermon, The Sermon on the Mount. The ESV translation of Matthew 6:25-34 is titled, “Do Not Be Anxious.” The apostle Luke recorded Jesus’ words as well: “Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these” (Luke 12:27 ESV). We can trust God’s provision. The proof is in the beauty and compassionate care He has for all of creation. How much more does He love and sustain us, created in His image?
Posted on March 19, 2021
God is the Author of the human spirit. God’s forgiveness has a weighty gravity to it because He knows the “number of hairs on our heads;” He “formed us in the womb.” There’s no escaping our humanity, our frailty, and our sin. We were created to lean on God through His Son, Jesus Christ. His sacrificial death on the cross granted us God’s forgiveness, bringing us into fellowship with our Father. The indwelling of the Holy Spirit pricks every believer with conviction to confess and repent sin. Our Father, because of the perfect sacrifice Christ made in our honor, is faithful to forgive us. The Apostle Peter wrote, “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit” (1 Peter 3:18, ESV). God’s forgiveness gives us life, to the full (John 10:10).
Posted on March 5, 2021
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – so that no one can boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9).
Coincidental meetings and strings of connection illuminate God’s sovereign movement to fulfill His good purpose for our lives. He is active in our everyday lives, personally connected to the unique language of our hearts and minds, and surrounding us in creation as we walk throughout our days.“By grace you have been saved by faith” expresses God’s omnipotent plan for our lives, purposed to bring glory to His name through Christ Jesus.
Grace is all-inclusive and free for all. Faith is activated by the one who knit us together in the womb and has chosen us as His own. “Faith is the act of our soul that turns away from our own insufficiency to the free and all-sufficient resources of God,” John Piper wrote. “Whatever goodness faith sees, it sees as the fruit of grace.”