Blog Posts on The Life of Christ

Why You Don't Have to Fear Terror

Jonathan Parnell

You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor the destruction that wastes at noonday. –Psalm 91:5–6

You don’t have to be afraid. These verses in Psalm 91 encompass the whole of your experience. Night or day, at any point throughout the week, or any season of life, you don’t have to be afraid. But why?

We understand Psalm 91:5–6 by looking at what precedes it in verse 4: “He will cover you with his... Continue Reading

Greater Works Than Jesus

Tony Reinke

In John 14:12 Jesus tells his disciples that believers will do "greater works" than Jesus himself did on earth. Whoa, wait, what?!

So how are believers' works "greater" than Jesus’ works on earth? John Piper explains in this three-minute clip from his most recent sermon:

Pilate: Powerful, Pragmatic Pawn of Providence

Jon Bloom
Pilate: Powerful, Pragmatic Pawn of Providence

Pontius Pilate is picture of worldly power. He is competent and calculating, he is pragmatic and self-preserving. But for all his shrewdness, his life demonstrates that the “Word above all earthly powers, no thanks to them, abideth.”1

Imagine a conversation over breakfast between Pilate and his wife, Procula, on the Sunday morning following Jesus’ crucifixion, just before they receive word that the tomb is empty.

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“You’re quiet again this morning,... Continue Reading

Why Jesus Wept

Jon Bloom
Why Jesus Wept

The shortest verse in the Bible is John 11:35: “Jesus wept.” But for all its grammatical simplicity, it’s packed with unfathomable complexity.

Jesus wept after speaking with Lazarus’ grieving sisters, Martha and Mary, and seeing all the mourners. That seems natural enough.

Except that Jesus had come to Bethany to raise Lazarus from the dead. He knew that in a few short minutes all this weeping would turn to astonished joy, and then tearful laughter, and then worship.

So one would think that... Continue Reading

Make Holy Week Holy to the Lord

John Piper

The week between Palm Sunday and Easter is not intrinsically holy, except that all time is holy, since it belongs to God. But we can make it holy by setting it apart for sacred focus.

May I encourage you to do that, for the sake of seeing more of the greatness of Christ. He reveals himself through his word. Take up his word and focus your attention on him in his last hours. Set aside some time this week to fix your gaze steadily on him as he loves you to the uttermost (John... Continue Reading

Supreme Humility, Supreme Exaltation

Jon Bloom
Supreme Humility, Supreme Exaltation

Philippians 2:8-9

And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name

What did it mean for Jesus to humble himself? We must simply admit that this is beyond us.

The Lord of Glory Entered Creation

Of course it was humbling for the Lord of glory, who created all things,1 to become part of the creation. He became “for a... Continue Reading

Have This Mind

Jon Bloom
Have This Mind

Philippians 2:5-7 —

Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.

What a simple command: “have this mind.” But nothing is harder for fallen human beings like you and me than to make ourselves nothing.

Our Mind

We are like Jesus’ disciples who, just hours before deserting him at Gethsemane,... Continue Reading

Tim Keller's King's Cross: A Review

Michael Johnson
Tim Keller's <em>King's Cross</em>: A Review

My oldest daughter compares Tim Keller to Pixar: when they both release new material, you just know it’s going to be great. Since The Reason for God (2008), Keller and the Redeemer City to City team have produced four eagerly anticipated books. Now they’re launching the Redeemer imprint with King’s Cross: The Story of the World in the Life of Jesus.

A narrative of the Gospel according to Mark culled primarily from previous sermons, King’s Cross is

an extended meditation on... Continue Reading

Fitting to Fulfill All Righteousness

David Mathis
Fitting to Fulfill All Righteousness

John the Baptist has a point when he objects, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” (Matthew 3:14). But there’s more going on here than he first realizes.

Here’s Don Carson on what Jesus means in Matthew 3:15 in responding to John the Baptist, “Let it be so now, for thus it is filling for us to fulfill all righteousness”—

Jesus affirms, in effect, that it is God’s will (“all righteousness”) that John baptize him; and both John and Jesus “fulfill” that... Continue Reading

Peter: When the Rock Sunk Slowly

Jon Bloom

One night a rock sunk slowly. And when he did, Jesus had some profound things to teach us.1

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The day had been another mind-blower for the disciples. As they rowed toward Capernaum it was hard to stop talking about what they had seen. 5,000 men, plus women and children, and Jesus had fed them all! With one boy’s lunch! The power Jesus seemed to command both thrilled and unnerved them.

But it had all ended strangely. They had felt excited when the massive picnic turned into a... Continue Reading