‘Above his head’ Matthew 27.37 VOTD

“Above his head they put the charge against him, which read: ‘This is Jesus, the king of the Jews.'”

Matthew 27.37

The crimes of crucified criminals were posted on their crosses. Jesus’ charge was intended as an insult to the Jews.

Jesus is King, Lord, and Savior, of Jews and Gentiles. The charge written above his cross was too modest.

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‘The Lamb standing’ Revelation 14.1 VOTD

“Then I looked, and here was the Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with him were one hundred and forty-four thousand, who had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads.”

Revelation 14.1

Among the great figures of Revelation is Jesus as the Lamb, not only as sacrifice, but as Leader of his people and the heavenly armies.

With him are the chosen people who bear his name and character. What are they like?

#VOTD #Jesus #victory

‘For judgment’ John 9.39 VOTD

“For judgment I have come into this world, so that those who do not see may gain their sight, and the ones who see may become blind.”

John 9.39

Jesus’ statement is his last word to the formerly blind man whom he healed.

In what ways are people blind to Jesus?

#VOTD #understanding #Jesus

Motivations for Hating God

In the excellent book, “Why? Explaining the Holocaust,” Peter Hayes examines the motivations behind the German brutality directed against innocent Jews.

How could they have been so barbarous? Were they just soulless monsters?

After a lengthy discussion of the history of antisemitism among the German people, Hayes considers other motivations. Continue reading

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An aspect of the Christian faith that is as essential as the cross

The cross of Christ is essential to the Christian faith. No question about it (1 Corinthians 1:18). But there’s another aspect of the Christian faith that is as essential as the cross. So essential in fact, the work of Jesus upon the cross depends upon it as much as it depends upon the work of Jesus on the cross. What is it? Continue reading

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What would you say if you were asked this by your child?

Last night, on our way to Bible study, we ended up driving part of the way behind a random driver (after pulling onto the road behind him). For some reason, one that only a young child could understand, my daughter asked, Continue reading

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11-23-2016 Reasons For Doubt

In the fourth watch of the night, Jesus walked across the water to His disciples in the boat.  Peter said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” Jesus said, “Come,” and Peter walked on the water to go to Jesus.  However, he became aware of the boisterous wind, and began to sink, he cried, “Lord, save me!” “And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, ‘O you of little faith, why did you doubt?’” (Matthew 14:23-31 NKJV).   Do you doubt because: 1) Jesus cannot save? 2) The Bible is not clearly God’s Word? 3) Scoffers have ridiculed this passage? 4) You haven’t taken the time to search these Scriptures thoroughly? This passage disproves all these “reasons” for doubt! Sinners aren’t asked to walk on water, but be baptized in water (Mark 16:16 NKJV)!

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

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