• It Was Good for Me to Be Afflicted

    Psalm 119:71

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  • Key of Promise

    2 Corinthians 1:8

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  • The Prayers and Suffering of Jesus

    Hebrews 5:7–10

    Hebrews 5:7 says that God heard Jesus’ prayer for deliverance and answered it. However, He did not answer it by keeping Jesus from suffering. Jesus still went to the cross. His deliverance was His resurrection. This is instructive. God does ...Read More

  • The Moment of Decision

    Esther 4

    Matthew Henry comments on Esther’s decision to intervene: She “said not this in despair or passion, but in a holy resolution to do her duty and trust God with the issue; welcome his holy will.” We may not have to ...Read More

  • When God Is Enough

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  • Fighting for the Prize

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  • A Hope Kept in Heaven

    1 Peter 1:4–5

    When we come to Christ, we are guaranteed an inheritance—eternal life. If we trust Him alone, nothing can take this inheritance away from us. At the same time, we wait for the day when we receive this inheritance in all ...Read More

  • Peter Asks about John

    John 21:20–24

    John did not die a martyr’s death, but he did suffer in prison on Patmos for his faith. Peter faithfully obeyed Jesus, finally dying as a witness to Him. Both men were faithful to their callings and serve as models ...Read More

  • Jesus’ Garments Divided

    John 19:23–24

    Jesus’ loss of clothing was part of His work as the Suffering Servant-King to defeat sin and present us righteous before God. John Calvin writes, “Christ was stripped of his garments, that he might clothe us with righteousness … his ...Read More

  • The King of the Jews Crucified

    John 19:16b–22

    The physical suffering Jesus endured on the cross was intense, but the greatest suffering He experienced was in bearing the wrath of God for our sin. His willingness to bear God’s wrath reveals His love for us, and it should ...Read More