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? …

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 …

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 …