Religious leaders requested to make the tomb of Jesus secure. Roman Governor Pilate using his political power supplied guards to do so. They even put a seal on the stone (see Matthew 27:62–66).
The stone was rolled back by an angel. Not to let Jesus out of it. But to show the women who came to look at the tomb that it was already empty (Matthew 28:1, 6).
“He is … Read the rest
You have got plenty to preach on Good Friday; and more on Easter Sunday. What about Holy Saturday?
The Bible records that the women who had come with Jesus from Galilee came and saw where Jesus was laid on Friday evening and went home. They prepared spices and perfumes not knowing that the empty tomb is going to make it irrelevant!
“But they rested on the Sabbath (Luke 23:56).”
Dear … Read the rest
A Roman soldier walked before the one to be crucified with a placard on which was written the crime for which that criminal was to die. Later that description was nailed to the cross itself (Matthew 27:37).
The inscription above Jesus read: JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS (John 19:19). However, the Jews wanted to change it to “this man claimed to be king of the Jews.” But … Read the rest
The sudden change the disciples saw in Jesus is recorded by Mark: “They were on their way to Jerusalem, with Jesus leading the way, and the disciples were astonished, while those who followed were afraid (Mark 10:32).”
Luke records that Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem and the Samaritans did not welcome him because he was heading for Jerusalem (Luke 9:51–53). A prophetic passage about Jesus reads, “Therefore have I … Read the rest
You might have sung this song at least once:
Have Thine own way Lord
Have Thine own way
Thou art the potter I am the clay
Mold me and make me after Thy will
While I am waiting yielded and still.*
This image of the Potter and the clay comes from a lesson God taught Jeremiah. He was asked to go to the potter’s house. There he saw the potter … Read the rest
We all need this. A very different picture of Jesus. Just for once he allows people to celebrate who he is. He rides into Jerusalem on a donkey as king (see Matthew 21:1–11).
Many interpretations have been given to this passage. But let us focus on some simple things.
He needed a donkey to ride on. This was one unique moment in his life which will never be repeated. Yet … Read the rest
“Adam, Seth, Enosh, Kenan, Mahalel, Jared, Enoch, Methuselah, Lamech, Noah”; so begins the not usually read and thought to be boring account of names in the book of 1 Chronicles.
Are they just names?
Let us look at some of them:
Adam. You cannot read that name and not think about God and creation, and the entry of sin into the world. Adam also reminds us of the last … Read the rest
Who Is Responsible?
Who is responsible for your actions? You can say others encouraged you to do wrong. Of course they might have motivated you. But then the ultimate responsibility for your action is yours alone.
Judas Iscariot faced this bitter truth.He said, “I have sinned for I have betrayed innocent blood.” Saying so he returned the thirty silver coins to the chief priests and elders. And what was their … Read the rest
“Why this waste (Matthew 26:8)?” That was man’s estimate of love lavished on Jesus. But Jesus valued that act of love which made that woman pour perfume on his head.
We need more people with this kind of a give it all attitude. We need more believers who will not count the cost but sacrifice everything for the gospel.
Such “waste” happens only when love compels you to do so. … Read the rest
When God is offering you something, do not dare to refuse it. Especially when he is offering mercy to you. Not that you deserve it. No. Not at all. God sees you are faithless. Yet he is offering mercy to you today.
What is your faithlessness? It is showing your back to your relationship with God and seeking out others or even material things. Sometimes your devotion to other people … Read the rest