Jesus Gives You to the Father

John Piper

What happened on Wednesday of Jesus’ final week before the cross? According to Matthew 26:2, "after two days the Passover is coming.” That probably means it’s Wednesday. We can’t be sure because fragments of days count as days, and because when Passover starts is reckoned in different ways. But it’s close.

The next verse says, “Then the chief priests and the elders of the people gathered in the palace of the high priest, whose name was Caiaphas, and plotted together in order... Continue Reading

Let Judas Shake You

John Piper

Judas left the fellowship of the twelve apostles after the anointing in Bethany and arranged to betray Jesus for 30 pieces of silver (Matthew 26:14-15). But when they met again at the last supper, there he was! Near enough to dip in the Savior’s cup.

When our family read this for devotions last night I was angry at the absolute wickedness of Judas coming back to eat Passover with the one he had just sold. I said to my daughter, evidently with more emotion than she was used to, “That is... Continue Reading

Evangelism of the Humorous Type

John Piper

William Robertson Nicoll (d. 1923) was a pastor in Scotland who edited the Expositor and founded the British Weekly. During one illness of six months duration he read the entire collection of Charles Spurgeon’s sermons (over 60 volumes!). He wrote something concerning Spurgeon relevant to our day:

Evangelism of the humorous type [we might say, church growth of the marketing type] may attract multitudes, but it lays the soul in ashes and destroys the very germs of religion.... Continue Reading

Pride in Preachers

John Piper

From one of the best books on preaching that I know comes this word on the danger of pride in us preachers:

Pride is without doubt the chief occupational hazard of the preacher. It I has ruined many, and deprived their ministry of power.... In some it is blatantly obvious. They are exhibitionists by temperament and use the pulpit as a stage on which they show off.... Other preachers are not like Nebuchadnezzars, however, for their pride does not take the form of blatant boastfulness. It... Continue Reading

6 Aspects of Humility

John Piper

If humility is not compliance with relativism and is not sophomoric skepticism, what is it? This is important, since the Bible says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble” (1 Peter 5:5), and “Everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted” (Luke 14:11). God has told us at least six things about humility.

1. Humility begins with a sense of subordination to God in Christ.

A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a slave above his... Continue Reading

Let These Results of the Resurrection of Jesus Revive Your Passion for His Supremacy Over All Things

John Piper

As Easter approaches, let’s stir up our thankfulness and joy andadmiration and amazement at what the resurrection of Jesus means forus. The curse of our fallen nature is that what once thrilled usbecomes ordinary. The reality hasn’t changed. We have changed.

This is why the Bible exists. Peter says of his two letters thatthey are written to “stir up” or “arouse” by means of “reminder.”

This is now the... Continue Reading

Why We Do What We Do

John Piper

Why do we say we exist to spread a passion for the supremacy of God in all things for the joy of all peoples?

Because of Psalm 40:16.

But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you;
may those who love your salvation say continually,
“Great is the LORD!”

We love the salvation of the Lord. Therefore we say continually, “Great is the Lord!” We say it in as many ways as we can. We never get tired of saying, “Great is the Lord!” Everything else we say is meant to say this.... Continue Reading

God's Sovereignty, Paul's Conversion

John Piper

Ponder the conversion of Paul, the sovereignty of Christ, and what Paul's sins have to do with your salvation.

Paul said that God “set me apart before I was born,” and then on the Damascus road “called me by his grace” (Galatians 1:15). This means that between Paul’s birth and his call on the Damascus road he was an already-chosen but not-yet-called instrument of God (Acts 9:15; 22:14).

This means that Paul was beating and imprisoning and murdering Christians as a... Continue Reading

How I Fight Bossiness

Noel Piper

One my my continual needs for self-control comes from being the oldest of 10 children and then 35+ years of mothering. I feel very comfortable telling people what to do, speaking as if I know what’s best. Others call it bossy. My fight for self-control in this area has two parts—reminding myself who God is and then preaching that to myself.

I fight bossiness by reminding myself that God is God and I’m not. So however convinced I am of the best course for someone else, I might be wrong.... Continue Reading

Enjoy Something Bigger than Yourself

John Piper

Today a year ago, my father and grandfather were reunited. William S. H. Piper and Elmer Albert Piper were both preachers and both Bible-saturated.

My father said several times to me that he felt his father could pick up and recite from memory any place in the New Testament that you started for him.

And I have several of my father’s Bibles. They are at places so densely marked they are hard to read.

It is an amazing thing what happens to a life that is utterly devoted... Continue Reading