The King and His Kingdom
Jesus uses an Old Testament picture in order to tell a story to the religious leaders. In so doing, He acts like an Old Testament prophet who gets the religious leaders to pronounce their own judgement or verdict against themselves for their sin of refusing God and His messengers. This is a strong and public confrontation between Jesus and the religious leaders that teaches us much about God and how He chooses to work in human history.
What does the incarnation, Jesus being born into the world, tell us about God? When Mary thought of it, she broke out into song and in her song, she reminds us of one of God’s characteristics – His Faithfulness. But how is the faithfulness of God seen at Christmastime? Mary will help explain.
When Mary hears that she will give birth to Jesus, she breaks out in song and praise at the thought. One element of her song is the idea that God’s unique wisdom is shown in what He is doing and how He is doing it. But what about Christmas shows the wisdom of God? The answer goes far beyond the first Christmas to all that came before and all that has come after.
When Mary was told that she would give birth to Jesus, how did she respond? Initially, it was with skepticism, but then she responded with rejoicing and giving glory to God. But what was it she was so excited about? Why was she rejoicing? In her song of praise to God, she tells us and it has little to do with the part she would play, but rather it had to do with who God is in His nature.
Jesus is once again confronted by the religious leaders as they desperately seek to discredit Him. But as they bring a loaded question to Jesus, He knows they do not care about the truthful answer to the question. In His response, He clearly shows that He knows their hearts and He also shows who has the true authority of God.
During the week of passover, as Jesus and the disciples were walking into the city, Jesus decides to curse and kill a fig tree. Why would He do such a thing, it seems so pointless. Yet, as is always the case, there is a reason for why Jesus chooses to take this action. What he does in this passage pictures what is about to happen as He confronts the religious leaders, so it is an important teaching moment and a…
Jesus has just finished His triumphal entry into the city of Jerusalem. What will He do next? As is often the case, He does what people might least expect. But what He does reveals something of His character and who He is. Jesus had just been called a prophet by the crowd, and now He will act like a prophet in confronting the sin of the people and pronouncing judgement on them for their sin and unbelief, but He will…
In this passage, we find one of the greatest moments in human history. Jesus is presented to his people and to the city of Jerusalem as their Messiah and King. Celebration begins and the enthusiastic crowds accompany him and his disciples into the city. But all is not as it appears.
Why did Jesus come to earth and how does His Kingdom operate? These are the very question that Jesus answers for His disciples in Matthew 20. While they were wondering about power and authority, Jesus talked about service and then He showed them what He meant.
Grace – a common, ordinary word that everyone has heard of. And yet many people do not know what grace means. Jesus tells a parable to explain what God’s grace is like, and challenges us to live as people of grace.