“Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.” Those were the words of John the Baptizer who came as a forerunner of the Messiah. He knew who Jesus was, and he directed others to the savior as well.
It seems to be a commonly held belief in the religious world, that faith alone is enough for salvation, but the Bible teaches something entirely different. James said, very clearly, that we are not saved by faith alone. Faith must be completed by action. Join us as we consider these things from God’s Word.
On Mother’s Day, we honor those women in our lives who deserve to be honored every day for all that they do. As we think about mothers, it is helpful to us to look at a mother in Scripture, the mother of Jesus, and a few lessons we can learn from her.
In Luke 14, Jesus expressed the need for his followers to understand the cost of following him. In several places He speaks of His disciples to know what they will face when they follow Him. In Luke 9, there are three men who needed to understand the cost of following Jesus. One needed to better understand the Pressure that would be put on him as a follower; one needed to understand the Priority he needed to place on following Jesus. A third man needed to understand that when it comes to following Jesus, it is a Pursuit that requires whole-hearted, unwavering commitment.
On Easter Sunday, many are mindful of the wonderful gift that God has given us in Christ. Since we have been given such a gift, we ought to respond accordingly. As we study Hebrews 10 together, we will work to understand what we should do in response to such an indescribable gift.
In an effort to free Jesus, Pilate offered the Jews the opportunity to choose between Jesus, the innocent Lamb of God, and Barabbas, a known insurrectionist and murderer. The people chose Barabbas, and Jesus went to the cross instead. Each one of us is in the place of Barabbas. We deserve the punishment, but Jesus took our place in order to set us free.
It only took 10 generations from Adam to Noah for morality in the world that God created to decline so much that only Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. How does that happen? How does man become so wicked that the thought of his heart is only evil continually? According to Romans 1, it begins with a denial of God, and multiple sins follow.