Few people doubt that its message from Jesus and its historicity match what we find elsewhere in the Bible. But many people doubt whether it belongs as holy Scripture in this part of John, in the Gospels, and indeed in the Bible itself.
Given the amount of information we process, as well as our human tendency toward immediate gratification, we might chalk this promise up to be something to consider down the road. But this would be a mistake.
We really don’t trust God. And so, we pile on the weight of rules, and privileges, and pride, and we march up to the righteous Judge and say, “look at me!”
Most of us probably have a love-hate relationship with mirrors. They help us look our best, but they also reveal our worst.
The vendors at the baseball games herald their goods, making sure all in earshot know they can purchase what they are selling. “Peanuts, get your peanuts!” is one of my favorite vendor calls while watching a baseball game.
Temptation. We can’t escape it. It bombards us from all angles and in all varieties. Even Jesus was tempted. How do we battle and overcome it like He did?
Joseph and Jacob didn’t have the luxury of seeing the end in the midst of their unfolding story, but we do. Sure, we may not know the immediate details and outcomes of our stories, but we know the ultimate end.
Before we worry about God’s specific calling on our lives and the slice of the Great Commission He’s calling us to pursue, let’s make sure we are engaging in the essential disciplines of a Great Commission Christian.
It is estimated that by the year 2030, 85% of the followers of Jesus worldwide will be found in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. The only thing that will diminish this celebration would be to know that 40% of the world remains unreached.
The story of the siege of Jerusalem is not the most familiar story in the Bible. Not by a long shot.