The last meal of those condemned to die has become something of a morbid fascination in recent decades, trivial and prying. But as with everything else He did, the Lord Jesus invested His Last Supper with profound significance that would benefit His disciples for millennia to come. Through the Supper, we spiritually feed on the One who is the True Bread of Heaven, giving thanks to the Father for the new covenant of eternal life secured through His blood. It is a meal of remembrance, participation, and hope as we look forward to the ultimate supper of the Lamb yet to come.
As we near the end of Joseph’s story, the pace of the narrative slows. In these verses we read that Joseph’s brothers, fearing his revenge for their selling him as a slave—especially now that their father Jacob/Israel is dead—conspire. What does their guilt prompt them to do? How does Joseph respond, and why?
We have all known the pain of betrayal as well as the misery of failing to honor those we love. But no one experienced betrayal more deeply than Jesus, the sinless Son of God who was sold unto death by one of His closest disciples. Yet Judas’ horrific betrayal is set within the context of Jesus’ greater fidelity. By faithfully going to the cross, He is able to heal the wounds, forgive the sins, and restore the life of everyone who trusts in Him. His perfect faithfulness conquers even our greatest treachery.
As we begin a tour of the 'Messianic Psalms,' those psalms that make reference to Christ, we’ll see that Psalm 2 functions as one of two doorposts that form the doorway into the Psalter. This psalm also gives us a glimpse of Christ in his royal messianic role as the LORD’s Son. The prominence of Christ makes Psalm 2 one of the most quoted by the New Testament writers.
Too often we think that effective Christian witness depends on our knowledge, wisdom, and skill. We think that we need to be experts in debate, while remaining unshakable in composure. But nothing could be further from the truth. God calls frail and unlikely people like us to testify to the risen Savior so that His power may be seen through our weakness.
Sin is inherently disorienting and divisive, leaving us lost and estranged from God. Jesus not only meets us in our lost estate and shows us the way to the Father but takes us to Him Himself. He is the only Savior who exists and the only One who is needed, the merciful Redeemer proclaimed in Scripture so that we might find our way, truth, and life in Him.
Jesus’ Olivet discourse is a challenging passage filled with symbolism and elements of mystery, yet our Savior’s main message is abundantly clear: the end will surely come and we must keep watching and be ready for His return. We may do so with hope, endurance, and fruitful witness through the grace of the One who finished His work on the cross, Jesus Christ.
Paul concludes his letter to the Colossians with his final greetings and a set of instructions for the church in Colossae. We will see that Paul uses his apostolic authority to direct the church’s mission from afar, but to do so, he relies on a cadre of others who are to share in his discipling ministry.
Jesus loved to teach eternal truths from unexpected sources, including a lesson on money from the poorest person in Israel. But the widow in Luke 21 teaches us far more than just financial stewardship. She demonstrates a life transformed by grace that walks humbly, reverently, and trustfully before the Lord. Even before He went to the cross, she followed the Savior who paid the ultimate price so that we might become truly rich through faith in Him.
Jesus used many teaching tools during His earthly ministry, including puzzling questions that made people think and clear rebukes that made them repent. As His disciples, we need both if we are to turn from ourselves to the grace of the Savior who rules over all creation, David’s Son who is David’s Lord.