• Servant of the Lord I

    Isaiah 53:1–3

    We see from today’s passage that we should not be surprised when people reject the Messiah. We have been told ahead of time that people will do so. But we also know that some reject Jesus at first but ...Read More

  • Prophet

    Deuteronomy 18:15

    Jesus comes into the world as the covenant prosecutor par excellence. His exposition of the Law (Matt. 5–7) makes clear the extent to which we have violated the terms of the covenant. But this Prophet not only predicted judgment ...Read More

  • Savior

    Luke 2:11

    Too many people today think that God is not terribly concerned with sin and does not really get angry with His creation. But the book of Romans makes it clear that God’s wrath will be poured out upon unrepentant ...Read More

  • Logos

    John 1:1–18

    Eastern religions point to a god who is a nebulous force or impersonal substance. However, the Bible tells us that God is a personal God who gives meaning and purpose to all things. Pray that you would not let our ...Read More

  • Son of Man

    Daniel 7:9–14

    Enemies of the faith say that Jesus never claimed a special heavenly status or kingship for Himself. But, as we have seen, when Jesus calls Himself “Son of Man,” He is claiming to be sovereign over all things. Pray for ...Read More

  • Lord

    Philippians 2:5–11

    The early Christians endured martyrdom before confessing, “Caesar is lord.” They knew that Jesus alone was divine, and they were unwilling to allow anyone to usurp His status. Our modern culture offers many competing lords for worship. Pray that you ...Read More

  • The Messianic Secret

    Matthew 16:13–23

    Jesus did not keep His identity hidden from everyone, but revealed it to those who would be less likely to expect a political revolutionary (for example, John 4:26). In order that you would not have false expectations about Jesus ...Read More

  • The Christ

    Mark 8:29

    The word christ corresponds to the Hebrew word messiah, which also means “anointed one.” Although these are comon words in Scripture, they are most fully expresed in the Lord Jesus Christ. He is “the radiance of the glory of God ...Read More

  • Jesus our Forerunner

    Hebrews 6:19–20

    During the next few weeks we will look at how Christ, being in the order of Melchizedek, benefits us. Suffice it to say for now that being in the order of Melchizedek makes Jesus an eternal priest who always mediates ...Read More

  • Source of Salvation

    Hebrews 5:9–10

    The Father, like He did with Christ, often uses suffering to set us apart for His work even though we cannot always see how He is doing this while the suffering is taking place. Look back and consider how God ...Read More

  • Suffering and Obedience

    Hebrews 5:7–8

    A great scholar once said that once he understood the reason for the Incarnation, he could never believe in a God who would not or could not take on a human nature. The incarnation of the Son of God and ...Read More

  • God Appointed Christ

    Hebrews 5:5–6

    God the Son willingly submitted to God the Father in order to achieve our redemption. Though we will never have to do the work of the Son, we are often called to submit to those within the church, the family ...Read More

  • Called By God

    Hebrews 5:3–4

    Throughout the history of God’s people, men and women have sought office not to serve but to be served. But when men seek church offices in this way, they are not following the example of Christ who was appointed ...Read More

  • The High Priest’s Purpose

    Hebrews 5:1–2

    The old covenant high priests offered sacrifices that satisfied God’s justice and demonstrated His mercy. God accepted the offerings from these imperfect men because He knew Christ’s own perfect sacrifice would cover their sins. Thank God for such ...Read More

  • Draw Near in Confidence

    Hebrews 4:16

    God’s holiness should indeed cause those who do not know Christ to run far away from Him. Those who know Christ, however, must remember Calvin’s assertion that “when Christ receives us under His protection and patronage, He covers ...Read More