• Defiled in Heart

    John 18:28–32

    John Calvin notes that during Jesus’ trial, the religious authorities carried ”to excess their care about smaller matters, and [neglected] what is of the highest importance.” Sinners are perpetually tempted to be concerned only with external righteousness, but we must ...Read More

  • Simon Peter Denies Jesus

    John 18:25–27

    Even some professing Christians act as if they must prove themselves worthy before Christ will receive them into His kingdom. Yet, the whole point of the gospel is that Jesus died for the unworthy, for sinners of all kinds. We ...Read More

  • Before a Kangaroo Court

    John 18:19–24

    When brought before an unjust tribunal, Christ remained concerned only for justice. That is instructive for us. In all of our dealings, we should be concerned to see justice done, and we should not form our opinions of others based ...Read More

  • Taken to the High Priest

    John 18:12–18

    What is happening in our lives may be surprising to us, but it is not surprising to God. Just as Jesus knew what was coming to Him, so God has known from eternity what is coming to us and what ...Read More

  • Mildew and the Cost of Sin

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  • Peter’s Misguided Zeal

    John 18:10–11

    As we grow in the Lord, we should learn how prone we are to going astray, and we should ask Him to guard our steps. Only as we follow His guidance will we find the wisdom to serve Him in ...Read More

  • The Arrest of Jesus

    John 18:1–9

    Since God’s control of the universe extends to the tiniest detail (Prov. 16:33), it is no surprise that Jesus was in full control of the events of His crucifixion. After all, He is God incarnate (John 1:1–18). Because of this ...Read More

  • Does Prayer Change Things?

    James 5:16b–18

    We do not know God’s plan down to every last detail, but we do know that He has a plan and that He works through our prayers to bring His plan to pass. We know that He wants us to ...Read More

  • The Model Prayer

    Matthew 6:9–13

    What do you prioritize in prayer? Do you ask first for the hallowing of God’s name and the extension of His visible kingdom, or do you focus only on your own needs? The Lord’s Prayer shows us that we should ...Read More

  • Supplication in Prayer

    Philippians 4:6

    We can be confident that the Holy Spirit takes our prayers and makes them acceptable to God. We also see the Spirit working in our lives to make our prayers less about us and more about the kingdom of God ...Read More

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