• Covenant and Kingdom Devotional

    Matthew 11:1-6

    If we are in Christ by faith alone, we already enjoy new spiritual life, and this spiritual life will one day bear fruit in renewed physical life. In the new covenant, God restores the cosmos, and we will one day enjoy an embodied existence in the new heavens and earth (Rev. 21). Christ kept the covenant of works to this end—that we might enjoy eternal life as a gift of the covenant of grace. Let us never cease to rejoice and to praise our Lord for this blessing. View Resource

  • Disciples from John Devotional

    Matthew 11:1–6

    Matthew Henry writes: “The remaining unbelief of good men may sometimes, in an hour of temptation, strike at the root, and call in question the most fundamental truths which were thought to be well settled. The best saints have need of the best helps they can get for the strengthening of their faith, and the arming of themselves against temptations to infidelity.” Let us turn to the Word and other Christians so that doubt does not fester into unbelief. View Resource

  • The Kingdom of God Devotional

    Matthew 11:1-6

    Some promises of the new covenant have already been fulfilled (the reign of Christ on David’s throne and His atonement), and some are not yet realized (the complete removal of sin). Praise God for those things already accomplished and be encouraged to hope for that Day when the things that are not yet will also be accomplished. View Resource

  • More than a Prophet Devotional

    Matthew 11:7–15

    John Calvin says the new covenant minister’s preaching is greater than John the Baptist’s because “it holds out Christ as having rendered complete and eternal satisfaction by his one sacrifice, as the conqueror of death and the Lord of life, and because it withdraws the veil, and elevates believers to the heavenly sanctuary.” John the Baptist was blessed, but we are more greatly favored to live in an era more cognizant of God’s grace in Christ. View Resource

  • An Obstinate Generation Devotional

    Matthew 11:16–19

    Matthew Henry asks, “If people will neither be awakened by the greatest things, nor allured by the sweetest things, nor startled by the most terrible things, nor be made aware by the plainest of things; if they will listen to the voice neither of Scripture, nor reason, nor experience, nor providence, nor conscience, nor interest, what more can be done?” There are none so blind as those who will not see. Are you like those who refuse to heed our Lord’s call? View Resource

  • Woes for the Hard in Heart Devotional

    Matthew 11:20–24 “

    All of us are children of wrath from the moment of conception and deserve only eternal, conscious punishment for our sins apart from God’s gracious renewal of our hearts to trust in His Son. Nevertheless, the sufferings of hell will be greater for those who know more of the Father’s plan and character and yet remain in sin. No matter how difficult this may be for us to understand (Luke 20:45–47), the more we know, the more accountable we will be. View Resource

  • Grace for the Weary Devotional

    Matthew 11:25–30

    John Calvin writes that Christ does not elect us and redeem us that we may sin freely. Instead, Christians are “raised up by his grace, [that] they may also take his yoke upon them, and that, being free in spirit, they may restrain the licentiousness of their flesh.” We put on the light and easy yoke of Jesus’ commandments when we trust Him, and we move from being slaves to sin to being slaves of Christ. You are His if you trust Jesus and endeavor to serve Him. View Resource

  • Gentleness Devotional

    Matthew 11:28–30

    God’s mercy and gentleness to unrepentant sinners will not last forever. One day they shall receive His wrath, and in some small way we will participate in the judgment of the world (1 Cor. 6:2a). Until that day, we must imitate the gentleness of Jesus, knowing that some to whom we give mercy may be elect and one day come to saving faith (Matt. 5:43–48). Be gentle with those to whom you have been severe, thereby imitating God’s mercy to all who repent and believe. View Resource

  • Gentleness and Self-Control Devotional

    Matthew 11:28–30

    Jesus, indeed, was a gentle man, but He was by no means a pushover. He denounced sin when He needed to and gave His life of His own accord, not because the Romans and the Sanhedrin forced Him to the cross (Matt. 23; John 10:18). As with patience, it takes much wisdom to remain self-controlled and gentle. But with the help of the Spirit, we can learn to be gentle without being pushovers. Let us strive toward this end today. View Resource