• John Cries in the Wilderness

    Matthew 3:1–3

    John the Baptist was the primary herald of Christ in his day, but the task of bearing witness to the Savior was not laid solely upon him. Jesus Himself commissioned first the apostles, and secondly, the entire church to testify ...Read More

  • The Move to Nazareth

    Matthew 2:19–2

    Understanding how Jesus fulfills the Old Testament means that we have to look at more than just isolated verses and proof-texts. As Matthew 2:23 indicates, the apostles teach that Jesus fulfills the broad themes, ideas, and stories found throughout ...Read More

  • The End of Exile

    Matthew 2:16–18

    Herod is one example of all those who have tried to destroy the Christ and His people. Though this evil king did much harm, he was in the end unable to thwart the plans of the Father for His Son ...Read More

  • True Israel

    Matthew 2:13–15

    Our sovereign Lord has ordered history to accomplish His purposes and bring His plan for His people to pass. Even when His people failed, the Father sent Jesus so that He might live out the design God has for them ...Read More

  • Immanuel

    Matthew 1:22–25

    The fulfillment of prophecy in Jesus can only be understood if we first understand the meaning and application of the prophetic word for its original audience. In this case, Jesus fulfills or “fills up” the word of Isaiah because He ...Read More

  • The Messiah’s Kingdom

    Genesis 49:13

    Ambrose of Milan comments on today’s passage, saying Jesus “is the Lord by nature but a brother by grace” (The Patriarchs, 4.17). God is not a person with whom contact is impossible; He is not “wholly other.” Without ...Read More

  • Divine Prophecy

    Genesis 41:33-36

    Some Reformed Christians easily fall prey to fatalistic thinking. We might think that since Jesus said the poor will always be with us (Mark 14:7), it is useless to try to help them. Or, maybe we think that we ...Read More

  • The Prophecy of Scripture

    2 Peter 1:19–21

    Today’s passage is one of the most important texts that we have regarding the inspiration of Scripture. Though the Holy Spirit used the individual personality and writing style of each biblical author to create the distinctive books of the ...Read More

  • Subsequent Glories

    1 Peter 1:10–12

    Today’s passage tells us that the inauguration of the new covenant in Christ included both suffering and glory. Until this covenant is consummated at the return of Jesus, suffering and glory will remain the lot of God’s people ...Read More

  • The Master Teacher

    Luke 24:13-15

    We’re warned in Scripture not to allow our hearts to become cold. The hearing of the Word should cause our hearts to burn as we see the sweetness of God. Take your spiritual temperature today. Is your heart warm ...Read More

  • Judgment on “the Earth”

    Isaiah 24

    Read Isaiah 24 today. What is your impression of the Lord after you read this pronouncement of judgment? Salvation from God’s wrath can come only through the promise of Christ that He will save those who turn from their ...Read More

  • The Question of Israel

    Romans 11:1–10

    Often Christians get more upset with one another over prophecy than anything else. Ask God to give you a spirit of charity and a true, sober-minded interest in what His Word has to say on the subject. If disagreement on ...Read More

  • Who Is the Antichrist?

    2 Thessalonians 2:1-17

    Read the verses cited above in John’s epistles. How were you antichrist before you believed? What antichrists do you see operating both nationally and locally today? Practically speaking, what can you see in John’s letters that indicates how ...Read More

  • The Rapture Question

    1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

    Where is your faith? Is it in the person and work of our Lord Jesus Christ, or is it in a hope that you will be “raptured” out of suffering? Remain confident in Christ’s ultimate triumph, remain willing to ...Read More

  • The Importance of Prophecy

    Mark 13:1-23

    Prophecy is important. It shows God’s control over history, in that what He predicts does come to pass. Take care not to “throw the baby out with the bath water” when rightly rejecting the fantasies of some prophecy teachers ...Read More