What would you do if an angel appeared to you, gave you a message, and then you saw two distinct miracles accomplished before your eyes? Zechariah experiences this and his response was to break out in a poem or song of praise to God. Let us see what we can learn from this song of praise.
For the Christian, knowing that Jesus is returning, how do we prepare for His coming? In the final verses of Matthew’s Gospel, we see the answer. What does Jesus command as the Christian’s plan of attack? To go and make disciples. Consider with us what this means and how Jesus says to accomplish it.
The bodily resurrection of Jesus is the central point of Christianity. But many are unaware of just how central this belief is for Christians or the many reasons why Christians believe something that is so extraordinary. Matthew helps show us the “why” and the “how” of the resurrection.
In His death, Jesus took our sin and the curse of sin on Himself. As He did so, He fully payed the price so that we could have direct access to and a relationship with God the Father through Jesus. Matthew helps us to understand how this happened by detailing the last moment’s of Christ’s life on the Cross.
Many people who are familiar with Jesus and His death on the cross are unaware that His death is linked to the oldest prophecy ever recorded in human history. But His death is not just linked with the oldest prophecy but with many other prophecies as well. Matthew points five of them out for us in this passage and gives us the meaning as well.
What is the difference between being innocent and being guilty? In this passage, we see the difference on full display. Additionally, we also see Jesus contrasted with several other individuals. What is the point of all of this? It shows us, with great clarity, why Jesus came and the meaning of His death on the cross.
We are changed by Christ, however it’s hard to live the Christian life in our hostile world. How do we live out our changed life in holiness, and in our response to the world?
Paul writes to the church in Thessalonica, and even though they were living lives reflective of the call God had placed on their lives, Paul urges them to do even better. In Paul’s first exhortation, he urges his readers to live lives free from sexual immorality. But he doesn’t stop there, he gives practical ways how to do this and key reasons they should be motivated to live this way. We live in a world that endorses and encourages sexual…
Christians are called to abandon their old sinful way of life and to live a life that is distinctly holy. While this may seem like a daunting task, Paul reminds the Ephesian church that not only is it possible, but also necessary. Why? Because when a person becomes a Christian, God Himself gives them a new nature, one that desires and is able to please God.
Christians are called to love people in a way that’s different to the rest of the world. The apostle Paul says that our motivation to do so comes from an understanding of the present time. This passage unpacks for us what this time is and what difference it makes to how we live.