Luke 23:1-25 In Jesus’ trial, we see unity in evil (12). Politically, Pilate and Herod were at odds with each other. Spiritually, they were united in their opposition to Christ. Jesus was found guilty by neither Pilate nor Herod (13-16). They were Very Important People. Jesus was a threat to them. They held positions of […]Read More Crucified by men, raised by God
Christ died “not for our sins only but also for the sins of the whole world” (1 John 2:2). This is something which we, in the church, must never forget. When we are tempted to shut out ‘the big, bad world’, we must remember – Christ died “not for our sins only but also for […]Read More Christ died “not for our sins only but also for the sins of the whole world” (1 John 2:2).
In the death of Jesus Christ, we see both the holiness and the love of God. God hates sin. God loves sinners. Both are true – not one without the other but both together. Why did Christ die? – so that sin might be punished, so that sinners might be saved. God hates sin. The […]Read More Why Did Christ Die?
“Your eyes are too pure to look on evil” (Habakkuk 1:13). The contrast between our sinfulness and God’s holiness is an absolute contrast – never the two shall meet. Can we raise ourselves up from our sinfulness to God’s holiness? – No! We cannot. We need to be raised up from above, by the Lord. […]Read More You Raise Me Up …
Luke 5:12-32 ‘You can make me clean… I will; be clean’(12-13). Look at Christ’s death for you – Can you doubt His desire to save you? Look at His resurrection – Can you doubt His power to save you? The Lord ‘desires all people to be saved’(1 Timothy 2:4). We are saved through ‘the Gospel’ […]Read More Come to Jesus, the Saviour of sinners.
Genesis 17:1-27 Amazing grace – this is the marvellous theme of this chapter. Abram became Abraham (Genesis 17:5). Sarai became Sarah (Genesis 17:15-16). What they were belonged to their sinful past. What they became was the work of God’s grace. What a contrast there is between human sin and divine grace. We look at ourselves. […]Read More Amazing Grace
Luke 13:1-35 Jesus stresses the need for both repentance (1-5) and the fruits of repentance (6-9). God’s Word, planted in our hearts at conversion, is to bear fruit. This requires continual repentance and faith (Colossians 2:6; Galatians 3:1-5). Don’t put it off till tomorrow! Today is ‘the day of salvation’. Don’t ‘neglect’ God’s ‘great salvation’(15-16; […]Read More Trust Christ. He’ll never fail you.