As a Christian, we should desire crowns of reward; although, our desire should not stem out of selfish motives. The reason we should desire any of the five crowns is so we can return these and lay them at the feet of Jesus. That’s where our motivation should be, to have treasure of true worth so we can lay at the feet of Jesus.
Matthew records that Jesus “took the bread and gave thanks” at the last supper (Matt. 26:26). To a gentile reader, this probably wouldn’t suggest any particular words that Jesus spoke. But to a Jew who is familiar with the Seder blessings it would imply Jesus speaking a specific Passover prayer of thanksgiving.
What is known as Palm Sunday, the day when Jesus rode into Jerusalem while the crowd praised His worthiness, occurred on Israel’s “lamb selection day.” God was working His plan for the salvation of man, even though the crowd was oblivious to what was right in front of them. That is, the true fulfillment of the Passover Lamb was in Jesus of Nazareth.
We are called to share the gospel, to become “fishers of men.” But it can be quite intimating, sometimes even fearful, to share the message of salvation through Jesus. In this study from Acts 4:1-13, we see Peter and John standing up for Jesus, regardless of their fear.
It’s a dangerous snare to question a literal six days of creation. If you discount God’s Word in Genesis, you’ll be prone to question anything else written in the Bible. Further, is it harder to believe in a six day creation, than in the resurrection from the dead when we’ll all be “changed in the twinkling of an eye?”
Inside the book of Job, are verses foreshadowings salvation through Jesus Christ. Job made a number of statements that can only be explained if he had insight into God’s promise of a Redeemer—a Savior who would be sent from heaven and become an intercessor on man’s behalf.
Paul and Silas were publicly stripped of their clothing, flogged, and then thrown in prison. Despite all this, that night they were able to share the gospel with an entire family who accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior. This, because Paul and Silas kept their focus on Christ, regardless of the circumstances they were in.
What does it mean, “Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us” (Galatians 3:13)? Jesus took our guilt and our rightful punishment upon himself. He was the only One who could because He was, himself, without sin. In His sinlessness, He was made the worthy, “sacrificial,” Lamb of God.