It was darkness, and it was light. It was torment, and it was peace. It was death, and it was life. The Cross; two heavy wooden beams, shouldered by the man of sorrows. It pressed hard upon His back. A back that had already been turned into an open wound by the lashes it had … Continue reading The Day Death Became Life
Go, you fools, who make a mock at sin! Go and learn its malignity and demerit.
As Isaac watched the knife which was lifted by his father be plunged into the ram that had been caught in the thicket, what could have been going through his mind? As he watched as the altar was set ablaze to finish the burnt offering, the thought of his replacement must have astonished him. Only moments early Issac had been bound and laying on the altar. Not only him but the future existence of the children of God.
"And He said unto them, This is My blood of the new testament, shed for many." -Mark 14:24 Never did those lips, upon which grace shed its divinest, sweetest fragrance, utter words so precious as these. The language is figurative, but the truth is literal. "This is My blood," or, this cup is the 'emblem' … Continue reading It is the Blood that Saves
Our sin is staggeringly heinous! We are finite beings who have sinned against an infinite God. This means each of our transgressions, and we have many, are worthy of infinite wrath. We are prone to wander, and even as believers, we have defiled ourselves more recently than we would like to admit. John Owen once … Continue reading Lay Your Sin-Soiled Hands on the Head of Jesus
"Do you love Me?" - John 21:17 Does not Jesus in thus appealing to me, in effect say: For you, I left the realms of glory, and the adoration of ten thousand times ten thousand holy ones! For you, I became incarnate, took on the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness … Continue reading 12 Things God Does for the Believer
"There brake He the arrows of the bow, the shield, and the sword, and the battle." --Psalm 76:3 Our Redeemer's glorious cry of "It is finished," was the death-knell of all the adversaries of His people, the breaking of "the bow and the battle." Behold the hero of Golgotha using His cross as an anvil, … Continue reading Jesus: The Mighty Breaker
With the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left.- 2 Corinthians 6:7 There are weapons of righteousness for each of our hands. The phrase, "weapons of righteousness," sometimes translated as, "armor of righteousness," has been interpreted many ways, from the plausible to the ludicrous. These weapons are often linked to our … Continue reading The Weapons of Righteousness
A good devotional is like a spiritually-minded friend who turns your eyes away from the things of the world and sets them on things above whenever you spend time with them; both are extremely rare. There are too many devotionals these days that are like poorly made junk food. Not only do they lack nourishment, … Continue reading Book Review: Voices From The Past – Puritan Devotional Readings
Lord, You are marvelously powerful, and Your power moves in ways unseen to most of us. No grandiose displays of might are needed to move the hearts of men, though they are all around us in nature. It took a hidden call to our hearts. We had built fortresses of wisdom to protect ourselves from … Continue reading Considering Our Calling