The Suffering Servant of God

Christ’s Passion See, my servant will prosper; he will be raised and lifted up and highly exalted. Just as there were many who were appalled at him–his appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any human being and his form marred beyond human likeness—so he will amaze many nations, and kings will shut their mouths because of him. For what …

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The Forgiver

Live Like You’re Forgiven “So then, don’t be afraid. I will provide for you and your children.” And [Joseph] reassured them and spoke kindly to them. Genesis 50:21 No Old Testament character typifies Jesus Christ in more ways than Joseph. In fact, Arthur Pink draws over 100 parallels in his classic, Gleanings in Genesis: beloved by their father, hated by …

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Ash Wednesday

True Repentance I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; I myself will see him with my own eyes—I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me! Job 19:25–27 On Ash Wednesday, many Christians around …

Christmas Past and Future

A Heavenly Family Celebration Then the angel said to [John], “Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!” (Revelation 19:9) The youngest of four children, I lived with my parents long after my older siblings left home for college, careers, and homes of their own. But they all returned for Christmas. Each year I looked …

O Holy Night

Hope for a Weary World “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.” Luke 1:34-35 As soon as I hear the …

The Pilgrims’ Gratitude

A Thanksgiving Choice Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. Psalm 107:1 When William Bradford wrote about the Pilgrims’ 1620 arrival in the New World, he said, “Having found a good haven and being brought safely in sight of land, they fell upon their knees and blessed the God of Heaven who had brought …

The Ascension of Jesus

Final Instructions When [Jesus] had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands and blessed them. While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven. Luke 24:50-51 After the resurrection, Jesus appeared to the disciples over a period of forty days, opening their minds to what the Scriptures said about …

Many Fish, One Mission

A New Assignment Care for the flock that God has entrusted to you. Watch over it willingly, not grudgingly—not for what you will get out of it, but because you are eager to serve God. 1 Peter 5:2 (NLT) “I’m going out to fish,” Peter said to the six other disciples with him (John 21:3 NIV). “We’ll go with you,” …

The Resurrection of Jesus

Conqueror of Death “He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’” Luke 24:6-7 The women waited through the Sabbath and then gathered spices and headed …