Matthew 20 Verse by Verse

Matt photoJesus tells a parable about rewards which leads to some surprises.  Then he once again foretells his death and resurrection.  He also gives his disciples a lesson on greatness.

Matthew 20.mp3     (Kenny Washington)

Devotional thought for Good Friday

In Romans 5:7-9 Paul reminds us,

For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God.

Today we remember the greatest example of love the world has ever known.  This is the day we remember that Christ died for us while we were still sinners.  True, Paul writes this at a time when many who would read it were alive at the time of Christ’s death.  He could say “while we were still sinners” and look back on the crucifixion and the space of time before he believed in its value.  We look at it somewhat differently.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/notre-dame-cathedral-on-fire-crucifix-altar-cross-paris/

Notre Dame altar cross, early Tuesday, April 16, 2019, by Philippe Wojazer, Reuters

From our standpoint Christ died before we were ever born.  He died before we ever sinned.  He also died long before we saw our need for a Savior.  How wonderful that by the time we saw our need, the Savior was risen.  The price for our sin had already been paid.  All that was lacking was our making use of Christ’s payment and asking it to be applied to us.

The love he shows to us is every bit as great as if we had known Christ personally while he walked the earth.  He was the lamb of God, taking away the sins of the world.  We are the sinners, who have corrupted the world by our sin.

As children of the very wealthy are in danger of not appreciating the true cost or worth of their riches, we run the risk of not appreciating the price that Christ paid.  We were born into a world whose sin was already dealt with at the cross.  We have been forgiven based on a work done long ago, a completed suffering.  We need to take some time to consider the cross.  Grace can be freely extended to us only because our Lord Jesus Christ humbled himself to a death that we deserved.

Thank you, thank you Jesus.

Amen.

Central Streaming: Man of Sorrows

Logo 1

God is going to reveal his strength – his strong arm – in an unbelievable way.  What does the powerful arm of God look like? It looks like Jesus – humiliated, rejected and beaten, and then dying on a cross.

Isaiah 53.pdf                Isaiah 53.mp3

The Prophet Isaiah

Palmer St. Podcast: Saved by the Blood

 

The night Jesus was betrayed, he celebrated the Passover with his disciples.  Christ died in conjunction with the Passover.  That was no coincidence.  “And when I see the blood, I will pass over you…” (Exodus 12:13)

Exodus 12.mp3

Exodus 12.pdf

Exodus 12.pptx

Palmer St. Podcast: Radical Submission

In this passage we will hear Peter’s instructions regarding the Christian attitude toward authority – and it is extremely instructive to us. Writing from Rome, and living under the tyranny of a maniac who would later literally crucify him, he tells us to submit.

1 Peter 2.13-25.mp3

1 Peter 2.13-25.pdf

1 Peter 2.13-25.pptx

Palmer St. Podcast: Romans 5:1-11

In Islam, the Quran says a lot of nice things about both Jesus and Mary his mother, but absolutely denies the crucifixion of Jesus Christ (Surah 4:156-157). Why would that be? Something about the cross makes the world nervous. From a biblical perspective the cross is, well, crucial. In Romans 5:1-11, Paul gives us ample reason to focus on it and fully understand its meaning.

Romans05.01-11.mp3

Rom05.01-11.pdf