Words That Will Last Forever

“It is Finished” Jesus took the Twelve aside and told them, “We are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written by the prophets about the Son of Man will be fulfilled.” Luke 18:31 Easter is over, and yet we can still learn about what happened over two thousand years ago. For example, have you ever wondered why Jesus …

Good Friday

At What Cost? He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness. 1 Peter 2:24 Three hundred years before Mel Gibson produced The Passion of the Christ, Isaac Watts wrote the lyrics of “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross.” The third stanza, in particular, graphically portrays the …

The Eve of His Crucifixion

Mutual Service Jesus said, “I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.” John 13:15 Changing my children’s diapers was often an unpleasant task, but I did it because I loved them. I’m not enthusiastic about cleaning bathrooms either—especially someone else’s bathroom—but I do it willingly because I care about the people who …

The Last Days

Our Father’s Business Jesus said, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he and that I do nothing on my own but speak just what the Father has taught me.” John 8:28 Four days to live. What would you be doing if you knew your time on earth was that short? …

A New Beginning

Ordained Days My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. Psalm 139:15-16 On the eve of a new …

Do Not Be Afraid: Spread the Message

Unexpected Joy The angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.” Luke 2:10–11 The shepherds weren’t expecting a message from God. They were going about their normal …

Fight Fear: Expect Fulfillment of Prophecy

For No Word from God Will Ever Fail [The angel Gabriel] said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give …

Fight Fear: Trust God’s Timing

God Is Listening When Zechariah saw [the angel], he was startled and was gripped with fear. But the angel said to him: “Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to call him John.” Luke 1:13 Christians worldwide have been praying that God will be merciful and …