Are We Honest With Jesus?
"Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?" (Matt. 19:16).
Jesus confronted this young ruler with his own words. "Good Master," He said. "Why callest thou Me good?" replied Jesus, as if to ask "Do you mean what you say?"--What is this--a true word or just a compliment? It was more than a protest against the loose u ...read
Speaking with the Authority of God
"By what authority doest thou these things? and who gave thee this authority to do these things?" (Mark 11:28).
There is no moral authority without character. "As the man is, so is his strength." Office in itself will never confer moral authority. The sons of Eli had office. But they had not character. What was their influence? Nothing; worse ...read
The Foolishness of the Cross
"For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God" (1 Cor. 1:18).
He chose to redeem the world by dying for it. This was not the method the Jews had anticipated. This was not the method even His own disciples anticipated. They expected Christ to take possession of the world ...read
The Gentle but Formidable Jesus
"Every one that falleth on that stone shall be broken to pieces; but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will scatter him as dust" (Luke 20:18).
We think of Him as the "gentle Jesus"--"Gentle Jesus, meek and mild," as our child's hymn puts it. He spoke of Himself as being "meek and lowly in heart." He dealt tenderly with the sinful and the erring. ...read
Too Proud to Wash Another's Feet?
"If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet" (John 13:14).
The pitchers and the basin and the towel were all there, ready for use, but no one pretended to see them. They took their place at the table, but no one gave any sign of intending to play the part of servant that night. And why was ...read
Why Peter Failed in the face of Warnings
"Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour" (1 Peter 5:8).
Peter did not fall for lack of warning. He fell because he paid no heed to the warnings given. More than once our Lord told him in set terms what would happen. But, so far as Peter was concerned, the warnings ...read