Obedience unto Death (Phil. 2:8)

All throughout the Old Testament, we read of the blessings for obedience and the curses for disobedience. We also repeatedly see the failures of God’s people to uphold the law, maintain covenant faithfulness, and walk in obedience to their God. To answer the Psalmist, no one could ever ascend or dwell upon the hill of […]

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The self-righteous and hypocritical Pharisees were repeatedly plotting against Jesus and seeking to discredit him throughout his earthly ministry. When presented with mighty displays of his divine power over sickness, they still refused to listen to and believe in him. On one such occasion, Jesus used the opportunity to teach his fellow dinner guests about […]

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Teach Us to Pray (Luke 11:1-13)

Here in Luke’s narrative, once again, we find Jesus in prayer. But this time, something prompts a disciple to ask: “Lord, teach us to pray” (Luke 11:1). Prayer is one of the most vital spiritual disciplines, but it is also one of the most neglected. By failing to be devoted to prayer, we show that […]

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His Face Was Set to Save (Luke 9:46-56)

“When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem” (Luke 9:51). Jesus has just clearly announced his departure—the exodus that he came to accomplish. He is going to be delivered into the hands of men, suffer, die, and rise again. This was the fixed path of the promised Messiah; he […]

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The Object of Great Faith (Luke 7:1-10)

The healing of the centurion’s servant—like the many other miracle accounts in the Gospels—is often understood to be highlighting the faith or belief of the centurion. Indeed, he is an admirable character, one to whom Jesus marvels and says, “I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith” (Luke 7:9). However, while his posture […]

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