Week of Palm Sunday

The Message of the Donkey As [Jesus] approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes … because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you.” from Luke 19:41-44 Jesus didn’t always …

Hope for the Burdened

Free to Hope Jesus said, “If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” John 8:32 The woman needed a miracle, but she didn’t ask for one. She may have cowered in the back of the synagogue, hoping no one would notice she’d come that day. After all, who wanted to look at a disfigured woman, bent over …

I AM the Bread of Life

Jesus said, “I am the bread of life. … This is the bread that came down from heaven. Your ancestors ate manna and died, but whoever feeds on this bread will live forever.” John 6:48, 58 Miracles. Jesus had fed 5,000 men plus women and children with two loaves of barley bread and two fish. After this miracle, the crowd …

Beginning Lent

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 …

Hope That Never Disappoints

Overflowing with Hope May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13 Samuel Johnson, the English writer and critic once said, “He who expects much will often be disappointed.” He was right, of course, from a …

What Did Jesus Say?

Would You Remain Silent? “You are a king, then!” said Pilate. Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.” John 18:37 In trial courts in the USA, a witness or defendant may …

Palm Sunday

The Righteous One Comes Open for me the gates of righteousness; I will enter and give thanks to the Lord. This is the gate of the Lord through which the righteous may enter. Psalm 118:19–20 Four days before the Passover feast, Jews brought an unblemished lamb into their homes—the lamb would become their atonement sacrifice (Exodus 12:3-6). Four days before …

The Miracle Worker

The Bridegroom Comes What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him. John 2:11 Have you ever wondered why Jesus chose to turn water into wine as his first miracle? Mary told her son about the wine running out. Did she expect him …

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 …