This Jesus - The Name above all names. The Lord of lords. The reason we celebrate today. The Man crucified for our sins. Risen from the dead. Ascended into heaven. Exalted at the right hand of God. See how He is the center of everything.
Today is Sunday, the day when Jesus rises from the dead. The grave could not hold Him. Sin is defeated, satan is defeated. For those who believe this by fatih, the resurrection confirms the forgiveness of their sins and eternal life. Jesus is now intereceding for us by the right hand of God. One day we will join him. This is the power of Easter.
Today is Thursday and the disciples are making preparation for Passover. Jesus has prepared everthing for them. Jesus also institutes the Lord's Supper at this dinner, a sacrament that He encourages them to partake of often in rememberance of Him, a sacrament which we as the Church continue to celebrate until He returns on that Glorious Day.
Over the next few days, we are going to trace the final week of Jesus' life and ministry on earth, commonly referred to as Passion Week. The cup of suffering in our title refers to the punishment that Jesus is about to undertake on the cross in our place. So that we might live. Today is Monday and Jesus is cleansing the temple of the corruption taking place in it.
God is awesome, massive, infinite—and he loves us! In today’s passage from Isaiah, we will see that when it comes to the strength of God in my life, I will be tempted to doubt it, I must know my theology, I must let my weakness become God’s strength, and I must rely on the Lord in order to be renewed. For those who wait on their Lord will keep walking the walk of faith!
My God is BIG, and when we say BIG, we mean BIG! In today’s passage from Isaiah, we see that our God is so big, so great and so awesome. And what’s so astounding is this same big, wise, all-surpassing, transcendent, pre-eminent, sovereign, holy and great God of infinite worth and glory knows you by name! That’s why we must worship him with our whole lives!
Today, we begin a new series called Big God...little me! This study of Isaiah will propel our hearts to a greater view of our God. It's a primer to redirect our minds towards right and godly thinking. So here we come upon chapter 40, when it appears to be doom and gloom for the people of God that hope, encouragement and restoration arrive.
We know, because of the Gospel, and as evidenced by our study of Hebrews 10:32-39, that the Blood of Christ has redeemed us. Every day, even though we are sinners, the Blood purchases us, it glorifies us, it cleanses us, it sanctifies us, it secures us, it emboldens us... and yes, it saves us. Christ suffered for us, the perfect Lamb sacrificed for all who have faith. We need to endure for Him, to love Him, to long for Him, to turn to Him. O the Blood!
O The Blood... in Hebrews 10:26-31, today's passage is one extended warning sign as to the rejection of the gospel. If you reject the only way to life, what then are you left with? If we play spiritual games with God... or profane the blood of Christ... or mock Him...know this, God is just and holy, and He will not be mocked. But for the believer in Jesus Christ, take great encouragement towards more worship, love and pursuit of God.
Examining in more depth our current theme, O The Blood, our passage in Hebrews 10:19-25 teaches that because of the blood spilled by Jesus at Calvalry, we're now free to draw close to God, and that our sins are forgiven, once and for all. We don't deserve His mercy, so Paul suggests we each encourage each other to "spur one another on toward love and good deeds"...