READ: Zechariah 2, John 17, 2 Peter 1 SENT AFTER GLORY The word for glory in Hebrew is related to the word for “weight.” There is a weightiness to the presence of God. Zechariah notes an interesting prophetic utterance in that the Messiah declares: “He sent me after glory” (Zech. 2:8). In context, the Messiah is defending…

READ: Song of Solomon 8, John 15, 1 Peter 4 LOVE TO BE HATED We should love to be hated, but we should not seek to be hated. Being hated by the world brings us closer to Jesus. After all He reminds us that “if the world hates you, know that it hated me before it…

READ: Song of Solomon 5, John 12, 1 Peter 1 SURPRISING TEACHERS Obeying Makes Us Wise. “I have understood more than the ancients,” says the psalmist, “because I keep your precepts” (Psalm 119:100). It is not study that makes us spiritually smart. Some of the most theologically brilliant people are the least submitted to Jesus and…

READ: Song of Solomon 1, John 8, James 2 INTIMACY WITH THE KING For the most part we are satisfied with surface intimacies. Pure, deep, unadulterated intimacy is rare–even in Christian marriage. Song of Solomon unsettles us, for it unashamedly calls for the rawest intimacy with no less than God Himself. The poetic sexual imagery…

READ: Ecclesiastes 12, John 7, James 1 THE GLORY OF ONE It is all to easy to speak gospel truth for self-glorifying ends. Jesus warned, “He who speaks from himself seeks his own glory, but He who seeks the glory of the one who sent Him is true” (John 7:18). We are sent into the earth to speak…

READ: Psalm 115, Habakkuk 3, John 19, 1 Thessalonians 1 NOT TO US Not even our crucified life is about us. Jesus has to be the center of our crucifixion. Yes, we must bear our own cross (John 19:17). Yes, a crucified life has implications for our loved ones (v. 25). But in the end our…

READ: Psalm 84, Hosea 13, Luke 12,  2 Corinthians 3 DEATH’S GLORY Pilgrimage is a good thing. Our ultimate destination (the unbroken and unrestrained presence of Jesus) requires us to pass through the valley of death, not just its shadow. Heaven is real and most of us are going to have to die to get there. Referring…

READ: Psalm 71, Ezekiel 46-48, Mark 15, 1 Corinthians 6 GLORIFY GOD IN YOUR BODY Every culture has blind spots. Some American Christians struggle to understand their European brothers and sisters who drink alcohol, don’t spank their kids, and vote for Socialist or Green party candidates. Some European Christians wonder how their American cousins can be…

READ: Psalm 52, Jeremiah 49-51, Matthew 24, Romans 3  RESTING SMALL  The entirety of God’s Word is truth (Psalm 119:160) and we are invited by Jesus to fall in love with His Word all over again. A distinguishing mark of those who have gone (or who are going) through suffering is their renewed love for…

READ: Psalm 50, Jeremiah 43-45, Matthew 22, Romans 1  UNLIKENESS Humanity has an ongoing tendency to attempt to drag God down to our level. Historically humanity has crudely done this through idols of wood and stone. The more insidious contemporary perversion is an ideological assault on the deity of Jesus. We must constantly affirm that Jesus…

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