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 90: Jesus raised a dead man to life – let’s kill him!

John 11 (winter, AD 29) The calendar was about to turn from AD 29, to AD 30 – in the spring of which Jesus was murdered. This passage shows us the power of Jesus over death. And it’s no accident of narrative that the response to Jesus’ demonstration of his power over death was to … More Day 90: Jesus raised a dead man to life – let’s kill him!