Demanding A ‘Sign’ From Jesus

“Then some of the scribes and Pharisees said to Him, “Teacher, we want to see a sign from You” (Mt. 12:38). There came a time in Jesus’ ministry when the Jewish religious groups actively and openly began to oppose Jesus and His ministry. In Matthew 12, we find these religious folk demanding a sign, a miracle that they could see with their eyes. They hoped Jesus would try and fail, thus showing the people that He was a fraud and that they were the true spiritual leaders. However, Jesus saw throug … [Read more...]

Who Killed Jesus Christ? Who is Responsible for His Death?

Who is responsible for Jesus’ death?  Was it the Romans, the Jews, all of us or someone else? Was it the Romans? Many people claim that is was the Romans who actually killed Jesus because they were the ones who crucified Him but didn’t Pontius Pilate wash his hands of the whole affair?  Pilate didn’t want to put Jesus to death.   As was the custom of the Passover, Pilate offered to release Jesus and so he intentionally found the most unworthy of all the prisoners to release; Barabbas.  He said … [Read more...]

What Is Palm Sunday?

What is Palm Sunday all about?  Why is it called Palm Sunday and should Christians participate in it or observe it?The Triumphant Entry Palm Sunday is observed in remembrance of Jesus’ triumphant entrance into Jerusalem on the final week of His earthly ministry.  This entry into the city is recorded by the gospel writers including in Matthew 21:1-5 “Now when they drew near to Jerusalem and came to Bethphage, to the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the … [Read more...]

Parable Of The Lost Coin: Summary, Meaning and Commentary

Parable Of The Lost Coin

What was Jesus trying to tell His disciples and us when He gave the Parable of the Lost Coin?Once Lost, Now Found The old hymn Amazing Grace makes me think of the Parable of the Lost Coin because I was once hopelessly lost and it would take the supernatural work of God to find me because I was so blind and groping in the dark at one time.  It took the Holy Spirit to awaken me to the grace of God and so I never found God…He found me.  The old hymn didn’t say that God was found but “I was … [Read more...]

Parable Of The Fig Tree: Summary, Meaning and Commentary

When Jesus spoke the Parable of the Fig Tree, what did He try to communicate to His listeners?  What meaning is there for believers today?Why Did Jesus Speak in Parables? Jesus told the disciples and I believe He is telling believers today why He spoke in parables, “Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given” (Matt 13:11).  The parables are to reveal what has previously been hidden as a mystery and He wanted them and He … [Read more...]

Jesus’ Sermon On The Mount: Bible Story Summary and Commentary

Sermon On Mount Bible Story

This may be the greatest sermon ever given.  What might we learn from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount?The Greatest Sermon Ever? Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount is recorded in Matthew 5.  Here is a verse by verse breakdown of verses 3-13 with commentary on its application.Matthew 5:3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”This is not strictly speaking about poor people but I believe it does include them.  Those who are poor in spirit see themselves as being humb … [Read more...]