People today don’t like to hear about God’s judgment or the need for repentance. People today want to hear about God’s love and his desire to give us our best life now. People want to think about God like an indulgent grandfather or a rich uncle. They don’t want to consider the fact that “God is angry with the wicked every day” (Ps 7:11). Jesus constantly warns us to escape the wrath to come by repenting of our sins and trusting in him. If you fail to do that, you will face the severe judgment of God. If you think that Jesus’ suffering under the unjust judgment of man was bad, just wait until you experience suffering under the righteous judgment of God! If the green wood is capable of burning, just imagine what happens to the dry wood! Read More ...
Pilate is a good example of a man who tried to resolve a difficult situation justly, but ultimately gave in to pressure. He capitulated; he caved in. Instead of doing the right thing, he did the convenient thing. Instead of protecting an innocent victim, he protected himself. Under pressurized situations, it’s easy to cave in, to compromise, to capitulate to those who want you to do wrong. Let’s not behave like Pilate. It’s hard to stand up for truth and righteousness, but that’s what we must do. We must not give in to the pressure to conform to the will of the crowd. Read More ...
The soldiers and the Jewish leaders had their opportunity to turn to Christ in faith. They had an opportunity to learn the truth from him, but they failed to do so. Don’t make that same mistake. Your eternal salvation depends upon affirming Jesus claim to be the Son of God. If you think you can mock Jesus and sit in judgment of him, you’ll find that he’ll one day be sitting in judgment of you. Jesus, God in the flesh, submitted himself to the hands of angry sinners. But one day those same sinners will be in the hands of an angry God. Read More ...
Peter succumbed to the fear of man, and that’s a weakness that we may still experience today. But we need not let fear control us. We must put on the whole armor of God and stand against the wiles of the devil. Instead of denying the Lord, we should be prepared to affirm our loyalty to Christ no matter the results. If we truly fear God, we won’t fear what man can do to us. Read More ...
We can have confidence that all of the things Jesus tells us here will happen. The culmination of this plan is the 2nd Coming of Christ and the establishment of his kingdom. And before the kingdom arrives, believers will experience the kinds of things Jesus warns about here—persecution, wars, natural disasters, betrayal, and even death. We must endure such difficulties; we must persevere in faith and in good works until the Lord returns. Read More ...
The scribes were vain, greedy, and hypocritical abusers. To outward appearances, they looked like holy men, humble servants of God. But inwardly, under the veneer, they were just the opposite. They were selfish and materialistic. They didn’t really care about others, even the most pitiful and vulnerable among them. They cared only about themselves. Read More ...