What if people don't want to hear what God has to say? They have a thousand and one excuses why we should not share our belief with them. But they must know. They might tell us to take our message and go. Yet God has told us to do the same, to share it with them. So we share.
We find ourselves wandering in life. How bad a thing is that? Picture a train that decides to go just a bit off course. Disastrous! We pray that God would keep us on track, trusting in Him through our whole life through.
David's sin seems utterly unbelievable. Could such evil be found among us? Yes, it can. The sad story of David and Bathsheba plays itself in various ways to varying degrees. But we are that sinner. Where is our help and hope? It can only be found in the utterly unbelievable forgiveness of God.
Some might hesitate to share God's Word because they don't think that it would actually work. But do we ever fear that it works too well? Do we have people that we don't think deserve to hear of God's love? Jonah was upset that the Word of God had its intended effect. Let us pray that we love others, and not withhold the life-saving Gospel from them.
The day mankind fell into sin was the worst day ever. Sin's curse lingered over Adam and Eve, and there was yet no hint of the gospel. But on that day, the Father promised the woman's descendant who would crush the devil's head. That is Christ! The day He comes to do this is now for us the best day ever.
Were laws made to be bent or broken? Jesus cites this event from David's life when he ate bread reserved only for priests. The law of Christian love took precedence to preserve this future king's life. But that does not mean that we are discard good laws for us. Rather, since they are for our good, we should go out of our way to keep them.
The Holy Spirit comes to the disciples. And what for? Is everything now to be radically different from when Jesus walked among us? The work of the Holy Spirit is to point us again and again to Christ. Easter is not over!
What does it mean to "remain in the vine?" Is it simply passive, making sure you sit tight and not do anything? Jesus connects remaining with producing fruit to glorify the Father. Let us not get distracted and be thankful when the Father prunes those things that take us away from producing that fruit.
What is Easter really all about? It's about peace! We have peace with God now through Christ our risen Savior. He goes with us as He sends us out to share that message. We go with the sure promise of forgiveness for ourselves and for others.
Is there any reason to be afraid? The women fled the tomb in fear. Not you! You go forward knowing that nothing can separate us from God's love shown at the resurrection of Jesus. Nothing will keep Him from you.
Who is this that receives a special word from our Savior in the midst of His suffering? It is one who does not even deserve our pity. Who is this who makes such a bold promise, yes even a promise of paradise? It is the one through whose death we receive life.
What do we see on the cross? Not only do we see our salvation we also see our sin. He must suffer for what we have done. Do not look away! God has us look that we might see that sin is done away with, that we might have joy.
The cross is necessary. Christ's cross for our salvation. Our cross for our strengthening. Do we run from that cross? But without the cross, there is no hope. Learn what Jesus means when He says, "Take up your cross and follow me."
Jesus had more than just the three temptations recorded in Matthew and Luke. Mark tells us that Jesus was tempted for the whole forty days in the desert. So also His victory continues on past lent, and we celebrate that victory all our days.
Why should we trust Jesus to be the Christ? God brings us to a "mountain" of proof. The appearance of the Transfiguration, the audience, the audio all point to the truth that this is the Son whom we should trust and listen to!