Posts Tagged: jesus

Esther 6:13 – You Will Not Overcome Him

The narrative of Esther is one we find endlessly fascinating. She is a Jew but no one knows. As a result, through her beauty and her character, she becomes the queen who replaces the rebellious Vashti before her.  In that time, Esther, described as the daughter of Mordecai’s uncle (which, I think, would actually make…

Nehemiah 9:26 – Nevertheless

It’s astounding what God puts up with concerning this rebellious creation of His called mankind. If He wasn’t long-suffering beyond what you and I can imagine, He would have decided the human experiment had long-past reached its expiration date.  Nevertheless (the word that also happens to highlight the title of this essay today), God somehow…

Acts 3:15 – You Killed the Author of Life

Following the astounding events at Pentecost, Jesus’ apostles walked in the power of the Spirit.  They were given power from on high through the Spirit Baptism, and this gave them the means to be bold in Jesus’ Name.  The Lord had taught them for three and a half years, He had opened their minds to…

Acts 2:21 – Everyone Who Calls

Following the crucifixion of Jesus and His rising from the grave, He met with His disciples, telling them to wait in Jerusalem because they would be imbued with power from on high.  Indeed, as they met and prayed, the Holy Spirit came upon them, filling them with the power and authority of God Himself.  In…

Ezra 9:11 – The Peoples of the Lands

Ezra was a righteous man, a man of God, who desired to please the Lord and do His will.  Because his heart was toward Yahweh, He used Ezra mightily to accomplish His purpose of rebuilding the temple in the midst of the Jewish people’s exile to Babylon. God shone His favor on Ezra and the…

John 19:14 – The Day of Preparation

God’s plan and His timing are seen through the ages, if we only have eyes to see. The day that Jesus came before Pilate was significant in the Hebrew calendar. The Jews had gathered in Jerusalem for Passover, which had been initiated many years ago by God on the cusp of the Exodus. Of course,…

2 Chronicles 29:5 – Filth in the Holy Place

The reforms that King Hezekiah instituted brought the favor of the Lord upon him and the people he ruled over.  It always astounds me that in the Southern Kingdom of Judah, kings like Hezekiah arose when their fathers were ungodly and corrupt.  That was the case with Hezekiah, whose father was Ahaz, described in 2…

John 17:12 – The Son of Perdition

We’re going to take a little expedition into the land of speculation today based on a couple of intriguing verses in Scripture. The account of Judas Iscariot is a tragic one, and we wonder how such a man could do what he did in betraying Jesus Christ. There are clues, however, that perhaps give us…

John 15:6 – Thrown Into the Fire

Most people don’t like the brutal honesty of Jesus; in fact, many preachers refrain from commenting on certain of His harsh statements.  After all, Jesus is love; isn’t that what His Red Letter Words are all about?  Don’t the people who proudly proclaim they read only His Words in Red say that His message is…

John 13:30 – After Receiving the Morsal

Timing is everything. We know that in our daily lives. There are situations where an event doesn’t seem like it can happen until something else takes place. We don’t always understand those delays. Inevitably we chafe at being hindered, but then it turns out for the good.  Many of us have heard accounts of someone…