• Jesus Overcomes Satan

    Matthew 4:8–11

    Matthew Henry comments that “the best of saints may be tempted to the worst of sins.” Though Jesus never sinned, Satan left the worst temptation of all for last — blatant idolatry. If our Lord faced such a test, we ...Read More

  • Jesus Preaches the Gospel

    Mark 1:14–15

    The gospel is not a message that “you can have your best life now”; that “God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life”; or that you must “ask Jesus into your heart.” Some of these statements may ...Read More

  • Jesus Predicts His Betrayal

    Matthew 26:20–25

    Calvin reminds us to “always place before our minds the providence of God, which Judas himself, and all wicked men — though it be contrary to their wish, and though they have another end in view — are compelled to ...Read More

  • Jesus Predicts Peter’s Denial

    Matthew 26:30–35

    In the second volume of his commentary on Matthew, James Boice says that today’s passage is encouraging because it affirms that Christianity is for weak people (p. 563). Zechariah 13 says that though believers may sinfully abandon their master, He ...Read More

  • Jesus Predicts Peter’s Martyrdom

    John 21:18–19

    Apart from the grace of Christ, we cannot remain faithful to Him in the midst of trials. Thanks be to God, the Lord promises that grace to all who have trusted Him alone for salvation. Everyone whom God justifies He ...Read More

  • Jesus Reveals His Purpose in Coming

    Mark 8:31–32b

    If we are not careful, we may likewise entertain false ideas of the work of the Messiah. Thus, we must not selectively read Scripture the way many ancient Jews did but rather study the whole counsel of God so that ...Read More

  • Jesus Stands Before Pilate

    Matthew 27:11–23

    Our God is a God of justice (Deut. 10:18) and is angered any time justice is not done. We likewise must be moved to work for justice, and being reminded that Rome did not deal with Jesus righteously should make ...Read More

  • Jesus Stills the Storm

    Matthew 8:23–27

    We put our lives in Jesus’ hands based on the evidence of His power. Today’s passage shows us that we can trust Him because He has authority over all nature and is worthy of our faith since He is the ...Read More

  • Jesus Visits Tyre and Sidon

    Mark 7:24–26

    That Jesus went into a region that would have been expected to be hostile to Him is instructive to us. We are not to avoid those persons who appear to be most unlikely to believe the gospel. Instead, we must ...Read More

  • Jesus Walks on Water

    Mark 6:47–52

    One commentator notes that merely being with Jesus is not enough to create faith in our hearts. This is clear from Jesus’ ministry, for Judas betrayed our Lord even after He had been with Him for years. The only hope ...Read More

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