Day 101: Allowing sinful nature to take its course

John 11:55-12:11 (spring AD 30, the week before Passion Week) So far we have spent a week’s worth of devotionals covering Jesus’ first couple of years, skipped most of his next 28 years, and then gone through three years of his ministry in 80 days. Starting tomorrow, over the following 36 devotionals we will think … More Day 101: Allowing sinful nature to take its course

Day 100: God takes back the gifts that people don’t want

Luke 19:11-27 (AD 30) Why did Jesus tell this parable? “because he was near Jerusalem and the people thought that the kingdom of God was going to appear at once” (v.11). He was walking towards the capital with his followers and after three years of increasingly public, popular and startling ministry, many were hoping that … More Day 100: God takes back the gifts that people don’t want

Day 96: Young, important and oddly pushy

Matthew 19:16-30 (AD 30) (A paraphrased, relocated version of today’s passage:) A Young, Important (and oddly pushy) Man (YIM) and a Pastor were at a dinner party… YIM: ‘You’re a religious, Bible teacher guy, I’m a really good guy. You can probably confirm this for me: what good thing, religious ritual, whatever…do you think I … More Day 96: Young, important and oddly pushy

Day 94: Jesus honoured marriage & singleness

Matthew 19:3-12 (AD 30) The Pharisees had a habit of deliberately mangling Scripture and then demanding Jesus publicly unmangle in a way that would make him look bad to either them, regular people, or preferably both. In this example they used some verses from Deuteronomy: “If a man marries a woman who becomes displeasing to … More Day 94: Jesus honoured marriage & singleness

Day 87: Old covenant drugs and new covenant cure

Luke 16:16-18 (winter, AD 29) There are still those who, while calling themselves Christians, insist that we need to keep to the civil and ceremonial code of Old Testament Law. And yet, throughout the gospels Jesus made it clear that those codes were done away with, and no longer acceptable because the prophesied Messiah had … More Day 87: Old covenant drugs and new covenant cure