• 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

  • Sparing Not His Son

    Romans 8:31-32

    God’s willingness to give up His own Son to death demonstrates unambiguously that He is for us. He is on our side, or better yet, we are on His side, and there is nothing that anyone or anything can do ...Read More

  • The Suffering of Christ

    Isaiah 53

    The Heidelberg Catechism says that Christ sustained the anger of God against the sin of His people “during his whole life on earth, but especially at the end” (Q&A 37). There is a sense in which all of the suffering ...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

  • Understanding the Cross

    How do you view the death of Jesus on the cross? What do you believe really happened at the cross? How does it affect you?Read More

  • Vicarious Substitution

    Matthew 3:13–17

    Nothing that Jesus did was an accident. He did not need to be baptized for the forgiveness of sins, but He did need to be baptized to keep God’s laws perfectly and to be perfectly identified with His people. Because ...Read More

  • Vine and Branches

    John 15:1–5

    Jesus’ fundamental point in today’s passage is that spiritual fruitfulness is impossible apart from Him. He is the source of our fruitfulness, He supplies the power to make us fruitful, and He guides us in what spiritual fruit actually looks ...Read More

  • What Really Counts

    Galatians 6:15–16

    Martin Luther writes, “They are the Israel of God who with faithful Abraham believe the promises of God offered already in Christ, whether they are Jews or Gentiles.” God’s people Israel are not defined by ethnicity but by faith and ...Read More

  • What the Disciples Knew

    John 17:7–8

    We can be saved without fully understanding all that Jesus has accomplished for us. However, our assurance of salvation will be stronger and we will be more thankful to God the more we know about who Christ is and what ...Read More

  • What the Tabernacle Reveals

    Hebrews 9:8–10

    Today’s passage is one of many texts that reveal that the old covenant system was never meant as an end in itself. The law and its ceremonies were given to point us finally to Christ, who accomplishes what those things ...Read More

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