Hebrews 2:18 – Because He Himself suffered when He was tempted, He is able to help those who are being tempted. (NIV 1978)
My Musings – Jesus not only suffered by dying on the cross for our sins, He suffered by being subjected to the same temptations that we are – yet without sin.
My Advice – Don’t think that Jesus does not understand the temptations that you face. He does.
Philippians 2:2-5 – Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as Christ Jesus. (NIV 1978)
My Musings – Ambition is fine, as long as it is not driven by selfishness. Humility does not mean you have to have a low opinion of yourself, just don’t be conceited and drive others down. It is okay to look out for your own interests as long as you don’t do it at the expense of others.
My Advice – Watch yourself in your career that you do not become driven by selfish ambition. Do not let success make you vain and conceited. Don’t walk over others to advance yourself. Help others at work.
John 14:6 – Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (NIV 1978)
My Musings – If there is more than one way to God, Jesus is a liar. If there is more than one way to God, Jesus is not one of them.
My Advice – Never let anyone tell you that there are many paths to God. There is only one and His name is Jesus. Correct them firmly but gently and explain why it cannot be. There is no need to be argumentative or try to convince them. Your job (responsibility) is to proclaim the truth (in love). It is the Holy Spirit’s job to convict of the truth. It is the other person’s job to accept or reject the truth.
How can Christians be so sure they’re right and everyone else is wrong? Isn’t that being exclusive or arrogant?
- Exclusive – Not shared: available to only one person or group.
- Arrogant – Having or showing the insulting attitude of people who believe that they are better, smarter, or more important than other people.
What do people say?
Christianity is exclusive. If Christianity is true, then Continue reading “Whatever Happened to the Way, the Truth, and the Life?”
1 Corinthians 15:55-57 – “Death has been swallowed up in victory.” “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (NIV 1984)
My Musing – Originally I had “dyer’s” block with respect to today’s musing. It is, after all, Easter morning and how does one do an amusing on such an important topic without seeming sacrilegious? Without participating in the diversion and dilution of the message of this Holy day that modern culture has been so successful in perpetuating?
I’ll start by recounting a memory from my early childhood. My first memory Continue reading “Hollow Promises?”
Matthew 12:38-41 – Then some of the Pharisees and teachers of the law said to him, “Teacher, we want to see a miraculous sign from you.” He answered, “A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a miraculous sign! But none will be given it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. The men of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and now one greater than Jonah is here. (NIV 1984)
My Musing – The religious leaders were looking for a sign that would prove to them that Jesus was the promised Messiah. Of course, Jesus had already provided numerous signs and miracles that did just that. The final sign, the sign of Jonah, was a foreshadowing of the three days that Jesus spent in the grave, culminating in His resurrection from the dead – the ultimate validation from the Father that Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross was accepted and that He was indeed the promised Savior. As we know, the religious leaders by and large rejected the resurrection and Jesus’ claim.
Today we live in an increasingly “wicked and adulterous generation” as well, and the “sign of the prophet Jonah” needs to be heeded more than ever before. Will our generation repent, or will “the men of Nineveh” “stand up at the judgment with” it and “condemn it” as well?
My Advice – Today, on palm Sunday, let’s proclaim “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!” and celebrate the “sign of the prophet Jonah” this Easter season. Believe the prophecies. Believe the signs. For no other signs “will be given.”
Study 5: God’s Remedy
Sinful man is separated from a Holy God. Not because God moved away from us, but because we moved away from Him. Yet everything that man has ever tried to end the separation has been unsuccessful. And what’s more, there is nothing we can do on our own that will ever be successful. Thus, the answer to the question – “what must we do to be saved?” – is all too clear. There is nothing we can do. But God was not satisfied with that being the end of the story. He still has a plan for us. His love and grace provides a remedy that is acceptable to Him. It is in fact, the only remedy that is acceptable to Him.
Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved. (Acts 4:12) Continue reading “Study 5: God’s Remedy”