• Christ Our Ransom Devotional

    Mark 10:35–45

    Dr. R.C. Sproul reminds us that the Bible teaches “both Father and Son willed the salvation of the elect and worked together to bring it to pass” (Essential Truths of the Christian Faith, p. 174). On the cross, Christ did not persuade the Father to do something He did not want to do. His coming into the world to save the elect was a result of the love of our triune God. Take time to meditate on this love and illustrate it by doing a favor for someone today. View Resource

  • The Ransom Theory Devotional

    Mark 10:35–45

    When we enter this world in Adam, we owe God a great debt for breaking His law. We can by no means ever pay this debt, and it is futile even to try to appease our Father by our good works. But Christ has paid this debt for all who love Him, and He has set us free from the dominion of Satan and his minions. Nothing more needs to be done, and we can rest knowing that we are at peace with God and no longer in debt to Him for violating His law. View Resource

  • The Ransom Theory Devotional

    Mark 10:35–45

    When we enter this world in Adam, we owe God a great debt for breaking His law. We can by no means ever pay this debt, and it is futile even to try to appease our Father by our good works. But Christ has paid this debt for all who love Him, and He has set us free from the dominion of Satan and his minions. Nothing more needs to be done, and we can rest knowing that we are at peace with God and no longer in debt to Him for violating His law. View Resource

  • The Ransom Theory Devotional

    Mark 10:35–45

    Our sin has made us debtors to God, not to Satan. Therefore, the ransom paid was paid to God the Father. At the Cross, Satan received nothing but the destruction of his power and the guarantee that his kingdom will be eliminated completely. Rejoice that Christ has destroyed all the power of the evil one. View Resource

  • The Greatness of Service Devotional

    Mark 10:41–44

    Are we seeking self-promotion? Do we aspire to greatness and think that the way to get there is to step on people on our way up the ladder? If so, then we have not understood Jesus’ teaching on true greatness. Whatever authority we have, we must exercise it in order to meet the needs of others. We should be asking what we can do for others, not what we can do for ourselves. View Resource

  • The Servant’s Ransom Devotional

    Mark 10:42-45

    It truly boggles the mind to think that the sovereign Lord of creation became incarnate to perform a great service for us — the paying of the ransom price to release us from bondage to sin. Such a gift can never be repaid, but we can thank Him if we bow to Him, the glorious Suffering Servant, and imitate His willingness to sacrifice Himself for others. For whom are you sacrificing your time and energy this week? View Resource

  • The Ransom Christ Paid Devotional

    Mark 10:45

    Our sin violates God’s perfect justice, so He has every right to demand that a price be paid to satisfy this justice. Christ’s death was that price, and the price was also a ransom that secured our release from our bondage to sin. Because Christ died to sin, we can now obey our Creator. Let us seek to do so this day, repenting for our sin and praying for the Holy Spirit to empower us for His service. View Resource

  • Blind Bartimaeus Devotional

    Mark 10:46–52

    When Christ opens the eyes of our hearts to see Him in all His glory, we are moved to serve Him out of gratefulness for His salvation. If we would grow in our obedience this day, we must see Jesus for who He is. Let us pray that God would continue to help us see Him and His glory. View Resource

  • Procuring A Donkey Devotional

    Mark 11:1–6

    What happened to Jesus in Jerusalem was not some cosmic accident. Christ is the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world (Rev. 13:8). He, with the Father and the Spirit, planned His death and remained sovereign over every aspect of it even as others were taking His life. Because He was sovereign over His death, we know that it accomplished exactly what He intended it to accomplish—the full and final salvation of His people. View Resource

  • Jesus Hailed As King Devotional

    Mark 11:7–11

    The people on the first Palm Sunday did not understand the nature of Christ’s kingdom or salvation. Nevertheless, they were correct to acclaim the Davidic king as the bringer of salvation. Only Jesus the Messiah can redeem us from all His and our enemies—the world, the flesh, and the devil. We cannot save ourselves. Let us trust Him al this day, and let us proclaim to the world that He is the only Savior. View Resource

  • The Fruitless Fig Tree Devotional

    Mark 11:12–14

    Jesus cursed the fig tree for its fruitlessness, for not living up to what it appeared to be when it had foliage but no figs. That is a warning to all who profess faith in Him. We are to bear fruit for God’s glory, and if we are not bearing fruit in service to God and neighbor, we must repent and rely on His grace. If we do not, that may be a sign that we are not in His kingdom after all. View Resource

  • Looking for Fruit Devotional

    Mark 11:12–14

    A fruitless tree is no good at all, and neither is a fruitless disciple. Those who bear no fruit prove that they never had saving faith to begin with, and those who have saving faith demonstrate their trust in Christ by bearing spiritual fruit (James 2:14–26). As professing Christians, we should be seeking to bear fruit in keeping with repentance, asking God to do what He needs to do in order to make us ever more fruitful. View Resource

  • Judgment on the Temple Devotional

    Mark 11:15–17

    Dr. R.C. Sproul writes in his commentary Mark, “The Jews hoped that the Messiah would cleanse the temple of Gentiles, but Jesus cleansed the temple for the Gentiles.” Christ judged the wicked and showed grace to His chosen in the very same act. God always shows mercy in the midst of judgment, but only those who trust in Him receive that grace. View Resource

  • An Assault on God’s Glory Devotional

    Mark 11:18–19

    That the first-century Jewish leaders were unprepared for the return of the glory of God to the temple serves as a warning to us. Christ, the glory of God, is coming again in glory to consummate His kingdom (Acts 1:6–11). Are you ready for His return, or will He find that you have been an unprofitable servant? View Resource

  • Believing Prayer Devotional

    Mark 11:20–24

    Dr. R.C. Sproul also comments on today’s passage that praying in faith means being willing to acquiesce to God’s will when He says no to our requests. Faith fuels prayer, but it is not faith in what we ask for but faith in the Lord. He alone knows what is best for us, and we trust Him to answer us as He sees fit, for His answer is ultimately for our good and His glory (Rom. 8:28). View Resource