• Sentenced to Death

    Matthew 27:24–26

    A select group of corrupt religious leaders and unjust Roman officials are those who enacted the legal procedures that resulted in Jesus’ death. Yet in a sense, we all killed Jesus, because had we not sinned, there would have been ...Read More

  • Simon Carries the Cross

    Matthew 27:32–34

    Simon was compelled to carry Christ’s cross, but we who live subsequent to His death and resurrection are called to take up His cross willingly (Luke 9:23). As followers of Jesus, we are to bear the scorn that comes our ...Read More

  • The Soldiers Mock Jesus

    Mark 15:16–20

    As we will see, the greatest suffering Christ endured was not the physical and emotional pain heaped on Him by other men; rather, the most intense pain Jesus experienced was the pain of God’s wrath as He hung on the ...Read More

  • The Soldiers Recognize Jesus

    Matthew 27:52–54

    Because of the influence Greek philosophy has long had on Christian thought, we can never say too often that Scripture never teaches that we are complete persons without a body. Rather, we look forward to the resurrection of the body ...Read More

  • The Son of Man at the Right Hand of Power

    Mark 14:61–62

    Our estimation of Jesus should be no less than Jesus’ own estimation of Himself. Jesus presented Himself not merely as a great teacher or worker of miracles, though He was each of those. Instead, He revealed Himself to be God, ...Read More

  • Source and Sustainer of Life

    John 11:17–27

    Jesus clarifies His point in John 11:26 that He is not saying everyone who believes in Him will escape physical death. What He means is that death will not have the final word for all those who are united to ...Read More

  • The Source of Pilate’s Authority

    John 19:6–11

    Jesus said that the one who handed Him over to Pilate was guilty of greater sin in the matter of the crucifixion, not that Pilate was entirely free from sin (John 19:11). Pilate’s guilt was less because he did not ...Read More

  • The Spirit’s Guidance

    John 16:12–15

    By His Holy Spirit, God has continued to be with His church to lead us into all truth. However, special revelation such as we have in the Holy Scriptures has ceased. Until the return of Jesus, we should expect no ...Read More

  • Taken to Pilate

    Mark 15:1–5

    Jesus endured a trial before men and a sentence of death so that His people would be acquitted in the heavenly court. Having been put on trial and suffering for our guilt, Jesus gives us His righteousness so that we ...Read More

  • Tares Among the Wheat

    Mark 3:7–10

    In the drive to build a large church, elders can lose sight of what is most important—congregational discipleship. A large congregation might be spiritually mature, but it could also be that the tares outnumber the wheat in a given locale. ...Read More

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