True submission

1 Peter 2:13-25 Submission is a distasteful word to modern ears. We celebrate freedom, and we interpret it to correspond with autonomy. Thus we champion an individual who breaks rules or flouts moral convention. We applaud those who break marriage vows because it constrains them. We cheer anti-government tweets and demonstrations. To be truly free,…

Shame at the cross

Psalm 22:7-8 Crucifixion was not only an agonizing form of death, it was a shameful one. It portrayed one as a criminal and an outcast. So when Christ hung on the cross, he was dealing not only with the guilt of human sin, but also with the shame that comes with it. Isaiah described this…

The Grace of humility

1 Peter 5:6-11 Humility is a Christian grace. It is a quality which makes us much like Christ and so unlike the world. And it is a grace which yields more grace. “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble” (v.5) Why does God oppose the proud? Because the proud person is living…

Rejoicing in persecution

1 Peter 4:12-16 According to Open Doors, 11 Christians are killed daily for their decision to follow Christ. In North Korea, Afghanistan, Somalia, Libya, and several other countries, it is extremely difficult to be a Christian. Believers are attacked by both the state and Islamist groups. Systematic killings of Christians have also been ongoing in…

Righteous Suffering

1 Peter 3:8-18 The Christian life comes with a good dose of suffering. We are a people seeking God’s glory in a world that is hostile to him. Whether overt or subtle, the believer feels the world’s opposition. A look, a remark, an attack – it comes in various forms. And it can be discouraging….

A Tale of two kings

Jeremiah 31:15 The birth of Christ was attended by great sorrow. In one day, several mothers were brought to tears when King Herod ordered all toddlers in Bethlehem to be slaughtered. Why? He learnt a new king had been born there and he didn’t want a rival. Years earlier, Jeremiah had described the sorrow felt…

A King without borders

Psalm 72:11-13 Christ came as the awaited Messiah who would occupy David’s throne. This passage reflects the expectation that he would be a global King, whose rule would extend over all the earth. While the Jewish hope that the Messiah would literally live in Jerusalem in a restored palace wasn’t realized, Christ does reign as…

Christ in Greek society

The coming of Christ turned the world upside down. As the fourth-century Christian bishop and writer Athanasius (296 – 373AD) points out, the impact of Christ upon early Greek society showed clearly that this was no ordinary person. “When did people begin to abandon the worship of idols, unless it were since the very Word…

Christ our Mediator

  Who is a Mediator? A mediator is one who stands between two aggrieved parties. He works to reconcile them and establish peace.   Why do we need a mediator? Why can’t we just relate with God directly? Well, the scriptures reveal that relating with God directly is actually the state in which God made…