• The Allure of Holiness

    Mark 6:14–16

    Even the most ardent skeptics are quick to admit that Jesus is a compelling figure. That is not enough for salvation, however, for people must also trust in Christ if they are to be saved. Moreover, they must do so ...Read More

  • An Angel Visits Joseph

    Matthew 1:18–21

    In mercy, Joseph did not call for the Law’s harshest penalties on the wife he thought unfaithful (Deut. 22:13–21). Depending on the offense and its circumstances, while the church is always called to discipline, it is not always required to ...Read More

  • Anointed for Burial

    Matthew 26:6–13

    Notably, Jesus says that Mary will be remembered on account of the great service she provided to the Lord. Matthew Henry writes, “The honor of Christ is principally intended in the gospel, yet the honor of his saints and servants ...Read More

  • The Anointing of Jesus

    John 12:1–8

    Scripture repeatedly calls us to help the impoverished. However, this is not all that we are called to do with our resources. It is appropriate to use our resources in other ways that honor Christ and His church, and it ...Read More

  • Appearances of the Resurrected Lord

    Mark 16:12–13

    When God determines to save someone, nothing can stop Him, not even the person’s “free will.” The Lord effectively persuades all those whom He has chosen, regenerating them by His Spirit, giving them the gift of faith, and working in ...Read More

  • Arrested Under the Cover of Night

    Mark 14:43–49

    Isaiah 53:12 prophesies that the Messiah would be “numbered with the transgressors,” treated as if He were a sinner even though He would have no sin of His own. This numbering began when Jesus was arrested as if He were ...Read More

  • Ascension and Session

    Mark 16:19

    Christians are called to be good citizens who pay their taxes and pray for their political leaders (Rom. 13:1–7; 1 Tim. 2:1–2). But only One deserves unquestioned allegiance—Jesus Christ. Let us resolve in our hearts now that we will serve ...Read More

  • Baptism and Regeneration

    John 3:5

    John Calvin comments that Jesus “connects the Water with the Spirit, because under that visible symbol he attests and seals that newness of life which God alone produces in us by his Spirit.” God promises in baptism to regenerate His ...Read More

  • The Baptism of Christ

    Matthew 3:13–17

    Dr. R.C. Sproul also notes the importance of the Spirit’s descent upon Jesus as showing that His work as a man redeems us. As God, Jesus always enjoyed the presence of the Holy Spirit, but as a man the ...Read More

  • Bearing Witness to Christ

    Mark 13:9–10

    Today’s passage, while it had an immediate fulfillment two thousand years ago, continues to have relevance for us today. It shows us that faithfulness to Christ may lead to our arrest and trial before the governing authorities. Are you prepared ...Read More

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