• Pilate Sentences Jesus to Death

    John 19:12–16a

    The crucifixion of Jesus is the supreme example that God is working in all things for the good of His people (Rom. 8:28). The crucifixion of Jesus was the most heinous evil ever done in the history of mankind, and ...Read More

  • Exchanging Jesus for Barabbas

    John 18:38b–40

    It is easy for us to think that we would not have called for Barabbas instead of Jesus. However, by nature we are hostile to God unless He changes our hearts, and left to ourselves, we would show the same ...Read More

  • 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

  • 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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  • God’s Means of Sanctification

    John 17:17–19

    John Calvin comments that “the truth, by which God sanctifies his sons, is not to be found any where else than in the word.” We cannot be sanctified apart from the Word of God, and so we must strive to ...Read More

  • Our Enemy the Flesh

    Romans 8:1–11

    As we grow in Christ, we begin to see the depth of our sin because we begin to see the darkness of the heart. We take more notice of the “secret sins,” the inward hatred, envy, covetousness, and other attitudes ...Read More

  • Our Enemy the World

    John 7:7

    The world tempts us to adopt its values—materialism, favoritism, sexual uncleanness, pride, and so forth. As Christians, however, we cannot succumb. We must have our minds renewed continually by the Word of God as we sit under faithful preaching and ...Read More

  • Inexcusable Sin

    John 15:22–25

    Jesus tells us in today’s passage that whoever hates Him also hates the Father (John 15:23). It is impossible to love God without also loving Jesus, so it is impossible to be reconciled to God except through faith in Christ ...Read More

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