A poor widow gave two pieces of money called mites as an offering to God. It was not very much money, but it was all the money she had – and yet she offered them to God. If you want to understand the meaning of this parable, watch this video clip.
The only way to protect yourself against false religious leaders is for your first allegiance to be to Jesus Christ and to His Word. If that is where you stand then you won’t be misled, and you won’t be disappointed when the hypocrisy of these people is exposed.
Jesus was trying to lead the people to understand who He was. One of the most common questions in the Gospels is, “Who is this man?” Our salvation depends on our answer to this question. How would you answer it? Jesus isn’t looking for an intellectual answer but He wants us to have a personal relationship with Him.
One of the religious teachers has just asked Jesus which is the greatest commandment in the law. Jesus has answered that it is to love God and that the second commandment is to love our neighbour. Jesus emphasises that this is the central and guiding principle regarding how we should live our lives.
The Jewish people in Jesus’ time loved to debate an infinite number of questions endlessly. They particularly loved to talk about the law and all the various commandments. One of these teachers of the law was impressed with Jesus’ answers, and so he asked Jesus a question that he had been wondering about. Of all the commandments, which is the most important?
There are two things Jesus says that are vital for us to know: the Scriptures and the power of God. But to have one without the other is dangerous.
The resurrection of Jesus is the central part of this message. We have a living Saviour who has conquered death and the grave. His victory is our victory. Let’s keep our eyes focused on Jesus.
During the years of His ministry, Jesus has largely avoided Judaea, and its capital Jerusalem in particular. It’s here where His enemies are: the ones who are out to kill Him. So now, in His final week, right here in Jerusalem, He is walking on dangerous ground. Jesus is surrounded by those who hate Him, and by the traps they set. Here is one of those traps.
Every building had a cornerstone at the top of the central arch, supporting the weight and holding it together. Everyone who heard Jesus got the point. Jesus was saying that He was the stone that held everything else together.
In this parable, the man who planted a vineyard and built a wall around it is God. The tenant farmers he asked to look after the vineyard represent the people of Israel, to whom he had entrusted his blessings. But when God wanted to have some of the fruit rightfully his, they wouldn’t give it to him. Remember how the day before Jesus had gone to find fruit on the fig tree but found none? It’s the same story. The servants whom the vineyard owner sent to collect some fruit were the prophets. God had continued to send them, although they were ridiculed, rejected, and even killed. Eventually, the man sends his beloved son, but they also kill the son in the tragic climax of this story. As you hear this parable, your natural reaction might be to think, “I could never do what those tenants did to the Son!” And that’s probably what Jesus’ hearer’s thought as well. Yet a few days later, they would call for his blood. Find a quiet place today and reflect on where you are in your relationship with Jesus.
For more than three years, the leaders of the Sanhedrin have been hearing reports about Jesus’ teachings and the mighty signs He has been performing. Now, when they finally meet Him, they don’t accept Him; instead, they challenge Him. Watch this video to know what happened next.
God gives us some simple guidelines on prayer. First of all, Jesus says that we should pray with faith and not with doubt; secondly, we must believe that we have already received what we pray for; and finally, we need to make sure that we have forgiven others before we come to the Father with our requests. These are the secrets of effective prayer.
Jesus explained why He had cleansed the temple by saying: “My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations, but you have made it a den of robbers.” The church should be a welcoming place for everyone, where they can connect with God. We turn the church into a den of robbers when we push our own agendas instead of God’s. It’s all about the attitude of our hearts and that’s something to think about.
To some people, what Jesus did in cursing the fig tree might seem petty and unreasonable. But Jesus did nothing out of spite or malice. Everything he did, he…
Hosanna! Around 550 years earlier, the prophet Zechariah had prophesied: “Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to…
“And when they came nigh to Jerusalem, unto Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount of Olives, he sendeth forth two of his disciples, `And saith unto them, Go yo…
“So Jesus stood still and commanded him to be called. Then they called the blind man, saying to him, “Be of good cheer. Rise, He is calling you.” And throwin…
“Now they came to Jericho. As He went out of Jericho with His disciples and a great multitude, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the road begging….
James and John have just come up to Jesus and asked Him to give them the leading positions in His kingdom. Jesus tells them that the notions of authority and hierarchy that we find everywhere in the world don’t apply in the kingdom of God. Instead, greatness is measured through humble, selfless, sacrificial service. What is He saying? He’s telling them that greatness is measured only in love.
What Jesus is telling His disciples is that the path to greatness in the kingdom of God is the path of suffering. But naively, they don’t understand. They assure Jesus that they can go through whatever Jesus himself goes through in order to get the promotions they’re after.
“And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, come unto him, saying, Master, we would that thou shouldest do for us whatsoever we shall desire. And he said unto …
“And they were in the way going up to Jerusalem; and Jesus went before them: and they were amazed; and as they followed, they were afraid. And he took again …
Jesus had just asked a rich man to leave everything he had and follow him. That’s why Peter says to Jesus, “We have left everything to follow you. ”Jesus’ an…
The issue for the disciples wasn’t so much that they were concerned about the salvation of others. They were worried for themselves. They had just seen a ma…
Jesus has just asked a wealthy young man to sell everything he has, give it to the poor, and then come and follow him. Jesus loves this man, but the man has …
“Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt h…
A man has just come running up to Jesus, and he’s fallen on his knees before Him. And what he’s said to Jesus is revealing. He’s said, “Good teacher, what mu…
In our last episode, in welcoming the children, Jesus gave an important lesson in what God is like. In today’s episode, Jesus is going to give us an importan…
“And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them: and his disciples rebuked those that brought them. But when Jesus saw it, he was much dis…
“What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.” – Mark 10:9 God intended that marriage to be forever. It was to be a lifelong union bet…
Human relationships have always been one of the most difficult things for people to navigate. And it was like that in Jesus’ time as well. Today, the Pharise…
“For everyone will be seasoned with fire, and every sacrifice will be seasoned with salt. Salt is good, but if the salt loses its flavor, how will you season…
If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter into life maimed, rather than having two hands, to go to hell, into the fire that s…
If the first law of Christ’s kingdom is love, then to cause another to stumble, no matter how unworthy they may be, is to betray the most central principle o…
As humans, it’s natural for us to categorise others. It’s how we make sense of the world. But Jesus is telling us that it’s wrong to see anyone as less accep…
Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.” He took a little child whom he …
All along the road, the disciples had been arguing about who was the greatest among them. No wonder they hadn’t been able to cast the evil spirit out of the …
Jesus wants to spend some time alone with his disciples. I wonder why? What is the most important thing that he wants to teach them? Well, let’s find out by …
“In my Father’s house are many mansions, if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you unto myself that where I am there you may be also.” John 14: 1-3
The crowd had witnessed the lack of power of the disciples. They had seen the accusations of the teachers of the law against Jesus. So, now Jesus waits until…
I want you to think of a situation in your life that has brought you to desperation. How strong is your faith, your trust in God, with regard to that situati…
One of the most striking things in this episode is that when Jesus says, “You unbelieving generation, how long shall I put up with you?” He isn’t speaking to…
A man had brought his demon-possessed son to be healed by Jesus. But Jesus had been up on the mountain, so instead the man asked His disciples to heal the boy. Watch this Bible devotional to know what happened next.
It’s interesting how Peter, James and John react to having witnessed the transfiguration of Jesus in His dazzling glory on the mountain top. And they certainly couldn’t understand what Jesus meant when He talked about “rising from the dead.” They threw around different ideas of what this could mean, all of them over-spiritualised, because they couldn’t get their heads around the possibility that Jesus meant just what He said.
The religious teachers taught that Moses and Elijah would come to earth to announce the coming of the Messiah. These were the two greatest prophets of their religion. But God the Father is displeased when Peter wants to build places of rest for Jesus, Moses, and Elijah. God hides the scene from view and his voice is heard from heaven pointing to His beloved Son, and commanding all to listen only to Him. And then, when the three disciples recovered, Moses and Elijah were gone. They saw Jesus only.
Peter, James and John are part of Jesus’ inner circle, since He makes a point of including them in some very special events. And so they witness Jesus glorified and speaking with Moses and Elijah. We don’t know what they spoke about, but it would have been an incredible conversation to have listened in on.
When Jesus said He was going to Jerusalem, where He would be killed, Peter strongly rebuked Him and wanted to stop Jesus from going because he didn’t fully understand the purpose of Jesus’ mission. And Jesus, in turn, has rebuked Peter for standing in His way with his worldly thinking and lack of spiritual understanding. Jesus wants to explain to His disciples the real purpose of His mission and why He must go to Jerusalem and the cross.
When Jesus announces that he is going to Jerusalem and that He will be killed, the disciples are devastated. Peter is usually the one who says what everyone else is thinking. And so, it’s Peter who takes Jesus aside and starts arguing with Him against going to Jerusalem.
Jesus has been travelling with His disciples for around three years now. He’s hoping that His disciples have learnt a thing or two in that time. He’s about to make a dramatic announcement, but before that, it’s important that they really know who He is.
Today we’re going to look at a very interesting miracle that Jesus did at Bethsaida. It’s got some important lessons for us.
After feeding the four thousand, Jesus and the disciples travel on by boat. But it seems that the disciples haven’t learnt the lessons of the great miracles that Jesus has recently done. Watch this devotional to learn more about what happened.
There are some people whom no amount of evidence will ever be sufficient to convince them of the truth. The Pharisees didn’t believe in Jesus because of a lack of evidence.
After making the twelve disciples see that they could do nothing to resolve the problem, Jesus now told the crowd to sit down on the ground. All eyes were now only on Him…
A little while ago, Jesus had fed five thousand. They were Jewish people. This time, Jesus fed four thousand. These were Gentiles, not Jews. ​Jesus…
Again, departing from the region of Tyre and Sidon, Jesus came through the midst of the region of Decapolis to the Sea of Galilee. Then they brought to…
This woman wasn’t Jewish. She was clearly a Gentile. And the way that Jesus treated this woman may seem strange to us. Why didn’t he simply heal her daughter…
The Pharisees taught that you became a sinner when you allowed what was outside you in the sinful world into your life. But the teaching of Jesus was the opp…
How can someone nullify the Word of God? Human traditions are much easier to follow than the commandments of God. Because they’re human rules, you don’t risk…
A striking thing in what Jesus says to the Pharisees is his definition of hypocrisy. We tend to think that hypocrisy is saying one thing but doing another. M…
The Pharisees believed that in order to properly keep the law that is found in the Bible, it was important to keep hundreds of other more specific oral laws …
Mark wants us to contrast Jesus’ experience in Nazareth with his experience in Gennesaret. Here they ran from throughout the whole region to welcome Jesus. Here, the people had…
“Later that night, the boat was in the middle of the lake, and he was alone on land. He saw the disciples straining at the oars, because the wind was against them…
We often focus on the feeding of the five thousand and not on what was leftover. We do the same things in our lives as well. We are often so fixated on what …
When Jesus tells the disciples that they should give the people something to eat, they respond to him with economics! They show him how it’s an economic impo…
The crowds are hungry. Too often we think there’s a problem when there really isn’t, because Jesus is still in control. And Jesus lets us try to fix it to he…
Everywhere you look today, there is a sense of “lostness” in the world. People desperately seek their identity in temporary, material things that ultimately …
Have you ever been so busy that you’ve missed a meal? Or two? I’ve done it sometimes, and it’s not good! You can imagine the twelve disciples gathered around…
King Herod was puzzled by John the Baptist, because John challenged his worldview. He was intrigued by John. He liked to listen to him. Deep down, he knew Jo…
The impression we get is that King Herod probably didn’t mind John the Baptist so much. But Herodias hated John the Baptist for publicly speaking out against…
Jesus had his eye on the spiritual lesson that he wanted the Apostles to learn: that when they were on a mission for Him they weren’t to burden themselves do…
After healing the daughter of Jairus by the sea of Galilee, Jesus now travels inland to his hometown, Nazareth. When you think of home, perhaps you think of …
Jesus has just arrived at the house of Jairus, where everyone was crying and wailing loudly, mourning his daughter. Jesus spoke with power of His word. When …
The people there thought that they knew more about death than Jesus did. And when Jesus confronted them with the truth, they laughed at him. They didn’t unde…
In this episode, Jesus says three wonderful things to the bleeding woman. The first thing He does is to affirm her healing. The second thing is to give her H…
Jesus has just been asked by Jairus to come to his house to heal his daughter. But on the way, He is interrupted. Who touches His clothes? Why does she do th…
When Jesus arrives back on the eastern shore of the Lake of Galilee, He performs a series of powerful miracles. What is so unusual about the request for heal…
The man who has just been liberated from power of Satan is so grateful that he wants to follow Jesus. What does Jesus tell this man to do? Why does He give H…
Jesus has been confronted by a man possessed by many demons in the land of the Gerasenes. What happens when Jesus commands the demons to leave the man? How d…
This interesting story describes what the devils experience in the presence of Jesus. The demons cause this man to run to Jesus from a distance, not to attac…
Jesus had gone to the other side of the lake to get some rest. But instead, he received a noisy and dramatic welcome. What does the story of the demon-posses…
When Jesus calmed the wind and the waves, this told His disciples something about Him that they had not realised before. What was this? And what does this te…
With such a hectic schedule, Jesus was in desperate need of rest. But how could He sleep in a boat, while a storm threatened the lives of His closest followe…
In today’s episode, we find out that Jesus spoke differently to the crowds who came to hear him publicly, then to his disciples in private. Why was this? And…
Our problems in life seem so big that by comparison spiritual things can seem very small. It’s easy to ignore the teachings of Jesus. And if you ignore Jesu…
The Word of God is powerful in and of itself. That’s why, once the seed has been scattered, it grows and develops by itself. The lesson of this parable is th…
In this episode, Jesus is still speaking to his disciples about his teachings. He tells them to think very carefully about what he is saying. But, he tells h…
Jesus tells them that his parables are actually meant to shine a light on things that are hard to understand. He says that his teachings are like a lamp that…
The parable of the sower is about different soils that represent different kinds of people, and how they receive the word: the Good News about Jesus…
Do you have spiritual understanding – spiritual discernment – in your life? That’s an important question. Do you want to learn more about Jesus and his story…
The question that this parable asks is, “What kind of life do you want to live?” Do you want to live merely a small life, or do you want to live a life that’…
Have you ever been misunderstood by your family, or perhaps your friends, for your decision to put Jesus first? I’m sure it was difficult. How did you cope? …
Look at the positive part of what Jesus said. Every sin can be forgiven. Some people talk about the “unpardonable sin” but actually this phrase does not appe…
The teachers of the law can’t deny what Jesus is doing; that he really is liberating people from the power of demons. What is the one area of your life in wh…
Why does it so often feel like those who are closest to us are the ones who know us the least? We’ve all had family troubles at some stage or another. Who do…
Jesus didn’t choose people who were qualified. He chose people who were willing to say “yes,” and then he qualified them. How does that play out in your life…
Jesus has all power in whatever area of your life you might be experiencing weakness. Think about how you have treated Jesus in the past. Have you neglected …
Have you ever had a moment or a time in your life when you felt that God was so close to you – as if you were touching Jesus? Is it something that you would …
This is the first time that Mark tells us that Jesus was angry. Jesus’ anger stemmed from the misunderstanding of the Pharisees about the purpose of the Sabb…
There are people today who say that the Sabbath doesn’t matter. But Jesus said that the Sabbath has been given to us to meet the needs of humanity, to be a b…
As you watch this devotional, reflect on these questions: How do you express your Christian beliefs and values in your life? Is Jesus, the Bridegroom, eviden…