No one likes being corrected, especially in front of a crowd. But what if correction is the only thing standing between us and destruction? Jesus’ rebuke of the Pharisees was not only a stalwart stand against hypocrisy, but a loving attempt at reclamation. The truth of God’s Word often hurts, but it is also the only way to healing through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ.
As we continue through a rough transition between two polarizing and flawed presidents, we read of Solomon, who was quite flawed himself, yet is presented in Chronicles in a seamless transition between two ideal and highly popular kings who led Israel through the golden age of its history. Above all his other qualities and accomplishments, Solomon is shown to be a model ruler because of his attention to the temple, where he leads the people in sacrificing and praying to the LORD, foreshadowing the truly perfect king and high priest to come.
Jesus faced much opposition and disbelief on His way to the cross, but continually proclaimed His identity as the supreme Savior. No one could rival His power, wisdom, or word, and He remains the sure hope of all who trust in Him today. By grace, we may worship and reflect the One who set us free through His supreme work on the cross.
God knows you intimately and loves you infinitely. But how well do others know you? What is your reputation like? As we look at our passage today we will see the apostle Paul writing a letter to the church in Ephesus praising God for their faith and love in the name of Jesus.
January is famous for New Year’s resolutions, but only the gospel can affect true and lasting change. Manasseh was the most wicked king in Israel’s history, but not even he was beyond the merciful grace of God through the gifts of repentance and faith. Our cases may not seem as extreme, but every believer needs gospel renewal every day. We need to humble ourselves before the ultimate King who died and rose for us, that we might grow in His likeness and live for His glory.