Acts 1:1-11. In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus began his ministry with an invitation to be part of the Kingdom of God, to see and live differently. Following his resurrection, the invitation is to join the mission of God to all people. Let’s consider the largeness of God’s mission in the world and how we […]
Matthew 20:20-34 The mother of James and John tries to call dibs on positions of prestige for her sons, believing Jesus’ reign will be as an earthly king of Israel. Jesus asks if she understands what she is asking–he has just told them that he will suffer and be crucified. To be “first” in Jesus’ […]
Jesus’ death was much more than a resuscitation or a near-death experience. He was dead, but God brought him back to life. Because of this, death is not the last chapter in the book of our lives, but the introduction to the next book–the book of eternal life. Jesus, who leads his people like a […]
Jesus was very alone on the cross: the people had turned against him, his followers had deserted and even denied knowing him, and God himself turned his back on him as Jesus suffered the consequences of our sin. Jesus’ response to rejection and betrayal is remarkable. How great is his love!
Matthew 21:1-11. On what we now call “Palm Sunday,” Jesus entered Jerusalem as a king, but not the kind of king the people thought. Jerusalem was the stage for the final battle against sin and death, with Jesus emerging the victor and establishing his kingdom of peace and salvation.
John 17:6-26. As Christians, we often say, “I’ll be praying for you.” Sometimes this promise is encouraging and other times it sounds like a polite Christian cliché. But suppose Jesus promised to pray for you–would that impact the way you think about life? It seems like it ought to be encouraging, even empowering to know […]
Jesus was the incarnation of divine love but it was not the sloppy notion of love that we often hear about today. When he instructed the disciples to love one another he knew it was a difficult assignment that would involve complicated choices. When he said that God was a loving heavenly father who would […]
John 16:5-15: Jesus talks to the disciples about coming difficulties, his leaving, and his sending the Spirit. How was it a good thing that Jesus was leaving? What were the benefits of the coming Spirit?
John 15:1-20. Jesus’ admonition to his disciples to “remain in me” was both a mystical spiritual reality that defies precise definition and a practical directive to abide in him (the vine) and bear fruit. Discipleship is a combination of at least three things: it is a way of thinking, a way of living, and a […]
John 14:1-11. Christ-followers past and present experience tension and a sense of mystery in living with two worlds in view–this world and the next. The way Jesus addressed the disciples’ questions about the future didn’t give them all the answers, but it provided them with perspective for a journey that is not aimless but includes […]