In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus teaches us about our heavenly Father. He describes the birds of the air, telling us that our heavenly Father feeds them, and aren’t we of more value than they are? In Matthew 6:32, after describing the pressures of our human need to obtain food, drink, and clothing, he reminds us that our heavenly Father knows that we need all these things. In Matthew 7:11, reflecting on prayer using the illustration of a child asking a father for food and receiving what is good, he says, “how much more will you Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!” Jesus tenderly and lovingly points us, and the crowds hearing him, to God the Father’s great care and love for his people. Continue reading
In Luke 22:15 we read “And he said, I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you…” Jesus is telling his disciples, and us by his Word, I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you. The language our Lord uses is strong “How I have longed to eat this Passover with you…” or as other translators put it “with fervent desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you.” The Son of God desires, longs, is passionate for this — not only to “eat this Passover,” but to do so “with you.”
The language of these words of Christ, in their setting at the last supper, brings John 13:1 to mind: “Jesus, knowing that His hour had come that He should depart out of this world to the Father, having loved His own, He loved them to the end.” Continue reading
He himself likewise shared in the same [flesh and blood]… (Hebrews 2:14)
But why? Why would he, the eternal Son of God, the heir of all things, the Creator of all, the brightness of God’s glory, do this? Why would he take on our nature for all eternity? Jesus did not do this simply for the sake of a shared experience; he was not a divine cultural tourist. His incarnation was and is an active, willing, pursuit of a multifaceted goal. Hebrews 2 gives at least nine reasons why the Son of God has identified with His people by His incarnation:
Whether in ministry leadership in a church, or part of the rest of the body, there are times when we begin to see all too well the weaknesses and failures around us. We lose sight of God’s supernatural, powerful, gracious activity. Over at Reformation21, the online magazine of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, I share my own walk through God’s Word to regain biblical vision and a grateful spirit: Gratitude for Grace in Ministry.