Monthly Archives: April 2017

  • pencils drawing of Jesus on vintage paper. with ornament on clothing. Old sepia structure paper. Eye contact. Spiritual concept
    The Day of Confrontation (Tuesday) The Day of Confrontation (Tuesday)

    The Day of Confrontation (Tuesday)

The Day of Confrontation (Tuesday)

After spending Monday night in Bethany, according to Matthew, Mark and Luke, Jesus returned to Jerusalem. He stopped along the side of the road by a fig tree for breakfast but found the tree to be fruitless. He cursed the fig tree in front of his disciples to teach them another lesson about prayer. Upon arrival in the city, the temple leadership confronted him for what he did the previous day. The commotion he caused in his rebuke and cleansing of the temple had not gone unnoticed. They questioned his authority and purpose while Jesus used the parables of the two sons, vineyard, and wedding banquet to teach the people. Later, Jesus will also thwart an attempt by the Pharisees to trap him in a question about paying taxes. Confrontation is a part of life for everyone, but personal confrontation can be the most painful and difficult kind to absorb. Through Jesus’s example on this day, we learn several things. First, we need not fear confrontation, or try to avoid it. Instead, with God’s help, we should boldly face whatever confrontation comes our way. Second, we clearly see in his example that it is possible to take the high road even in the most savage of confrontations. Despite being harassed, embarrassed, and personally challenged in many ways, Jesus’s responses were always thoughtful, sincere, level headed, and productive. Pray today that God will give you the wisdom to handle confrontation in your life like Jesus did in his. Ask God to show you past confrontations that were left unresolved. Maybe there is someone you recently had a confrontation with that you need to ask for or give forgiveness if you handled that confrontation wrong. Take action […]

  • painting of Jesus with a lion, on beautiful colorful background with hint of space feeling, lion profile portrait
    The Day Of Zeal (Monday) The Day Of Zeal (Monday)

    The Day Of Zeal (Monday)

The Day Of Zeal (Monday)

It’s Monday, just three short days until Jesus’s crucifixion. What happened on this day in the life of Christ, and what can we learn from it? According to Matthew 21, Mark 11, and Luke 19, Jesus made his triumphal entry into Jerusalem to the cheers and excitement of the entire city on Palm Sunday. The following day, upon his return, he visited the Temple area. This was a place that was suppose to be dedicated to God. A place that was suppose to be holy, pure, and a shining example of what the Kingdom of God is like. Instead, it had become full of worldly, deceitful, greedy, and power hungry people. Jesus was not impressed Matthew 21:12–13 (HCSB) —12Jesus went into the temple complex and drove out all those buying and selling in the temple. He overturned the money changers’ tables and the chairs of those selling doves. 13And He said to them, “It is written, My house will be called a house of prayer. But you are making it a den of thieves!” Jesus is zealous for his people and his church. After causing a real commotion in the temple, Matthew records that “the blind and the lame came to Him in the temple complex, and He healed them.”  The children in the temple area praised Jesus  shouting “Hosanna to the Son of David!” causing the chief priests and scribes to become more indignant. And when the time came, Jesus returned to the town of Bethany (about a two-mile walk over the Mount of Olives).  He most likely spent the night in the home of Mary, Martha, and Lazarus. So what can we learn from this day in the life of Christ? We see […]

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