Occupied by many challenges, what was it young Timothy needed to know most? The urging of his mentor likely mimicked what Paul himself remembered most often: “Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, descended from David” (2 Tm 2:8). In his chains, Paul remembered the gospel. In his suffering, he remembered Jesus Christ—raised from the dead. And that’s what he wanted Timothy to remember, too. It’s what we all need to remember. The grace of God in the remembering gave Paul
When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them (Acts 2:1-4). Pentecost*, it is a day of miraculous grace to commemorate and remember. Bor
Forty days counted out past Resurrection Sunday is a day marked for remembrance. Remembrance of the day, ages ago, when the Son of God ascended to heaven. And what better to remember, so that we don’t grieve the departure of our Lord, than the promises He made? I turn today to John 14, to some of His last words spoken during His earthly ministry. Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would
Our prayer, Holy Father, is this: When the advent of Easter is no longer before us, And these holy days fade away, May we not forget to remember You daily. Cure us of our amnesia, Lord: Chosen-Amnesia, because we choose not to remember; Enemy-Amnesia, inflicted because the enemy doesn't want us to remember; Sin-Amnesia, a product of the sin that distracts us from remembering. Cure us of Thankfulness-Amnesia, The forgetting to give thanks For what You've done, What You're doin
While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, "Peace be with you."
They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. He said to them, "Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have."
When he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet. And while they still did not believe it beca
Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned and said to him in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means Teacher). Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God’” (Jn 20:1-17 ESV). While there is much to wonder about in this passage, Mary's response is not one of them, which is precisely what I love about John's account. Once Mary realized who Jesu
On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living
You know how I am scorned, disgraced and shamed; all my enemies are before you. Scorn has broken my heart and has left me helpless; I looked for sympathy, but there was none, for comforters, but I found none. They put gall in my food and gave me vinegar for my thirst (Ps 69:19-21). Jesus, counted among transgressors (Is 53:12), hung between two thieves at life’s end. At birth, He was surrounded by lowly shepherds. In life, He hung out with sinners. He was born, lived, and die
When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but that instead an uproar was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd. “I am innocent of this man's blood,” he said. “It is your responsibility!” (Mt 27:24) Pilate made quite the dramatic statement in this confrontational Passion scene. The mob was riled up, tempers flared . . . and Pilate backed off. He wasn't about to muddy himself with involvement. He wanted no part in this controversial mess. Call it
Art: Antonio Ciseri Meanwhile Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?” “Yes, it is as you say,” Jesus replied. When he was accused by the chief priests and the elders, he gave no answer. Then Pilate asked him, “Don't you hear the testimony they are bringing against you?” But Jesus made no reply, not even to a single charge—to the great amazement of the governor (Mt 27:11-14 emph mine). Jesus answered Pilate's question, but H
Art: Hans Holbein the Younger, 1524 As our reflections upon the last days of the Lord’s passion week progress, we move from the intimate scene of yesterday’s post, where Jesus was pouring out His anguish to His Father, to the mob scene of today. Imagine with me as we remember the Garden . . . when darkness descended. Confusion erupts in the dark, among the ancient olive trees of Gethsemane. Awoken to confrontation, the groggy disciples face highly-charged mob. An armed battal
I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do (Jn 17:4). Jesus looked to His Father for the strength He needed to finish the most difficult task at hand. His earthly life of obedience and accomplishment was coming to a close. And so, He turned toward God and uttered one of the most remarkable prayers of humility, honesty, and intercession. Jesus finished what God gave Him to do. And He brought glory to God in the doing. He completed His mission. N
Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion!
Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem!
See, your king comes to you,
righteous and having salvation,
gentle and riding on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
I will take away the chariots from Ephraim
and the war-horses from Jerusalem,
and the battle bow will be broken.
He will proclaim peace to the nations.
His rule will extend from sea to sea
and from the River to the ends of the earth (Zec 9:9-10). Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a gentle do
After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed (Jn 17:1) Jesus had just finished sharing the Passover Feast with His friends and disciples. In a matter of hours, He would be arrested. So He headed to the garden to pray. Facing His greatest trial, Jesus looked toward heaven. How much more should we? Jesus prayed that He would bring glory to God. He prayed the same for His disciples . . . for us. This is a prayer we should continually pray for one another, as well. T
Six days before the Passover, Jesus arrived at Bethany, where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. Here a dinner was given in Jesus' honor. Martha served, while Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with him. Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume and poured it on Jesus' feet, then wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to
Her green eyes pooled with tears as she tried to choke out the truthful words, "I'm dying." A lack of understanding, topped with fear, struck a pounding blow. "No, Mommy!" this then 17-year-old girl protested. There was no rationalizing it. I blurted out an emotional response in sheer ignorance. A jumble of questions collided in my brain. Malignant cancer? What was that? What did it all mean? I thought someone had to be terribly confused . . . and I refused to admit that i
To remember Jesus is to also remember His kingdom. And we definitely want to keep the kingdom on our radar. After all, it is the realm of our citizenship. Jesus often taught in the form of parables. Many of them pertained to the kingdom of heaven. That’s where my mind is leading . . . and my pen will follow. Kingdom parables can be used as a good measure. We’ll consider perceived value, love for others, and readiness from a few selected parables in measuring the state of our
FreeBibleImages Multitudes gathered from all over the Levant region. Jesus surveyed the crowds gathering, then ascended the mountainside to address them. The King of the mountain took His rightful place and proceeded to deliver His inaugural address—espousing the attitudes and blessedness of the citizens of His kingdom. Through His teachings and parables, Jesus painted a portrait of the attitudes His disciples were to portray. The Sermon on the Mount (recorded in Matthew 5-7)
The voice sailed through the thick sea air, Its sound waves rippled across the watery surface, Waking fishermen's ears; It was a call of a lifetime. A call that carries through time and space, Reverberating still. A call for them. A call for us. A call to those who've not yet come. It’s the call of Christ. The call to follow. Let’s look closely at the Lord’s call, remember His call to discipleship. Saying yes to His call is to say yes to: Follow As Jesus was walking beside th
Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen. Didache* Teaching of the Twelve Apostles Countless Christians have memorized this as part of the Disciples Prayer. I did so when I was quite young. And I’ve recited it innumerable times ever since. Different aspects of that doxology have touched me in a variety of ways over the years, but recently I’ve seen it with a renewed perspective. In considering Who the Thine more fully is, a deeper praise has been stir