Crucify Him!

Mark 15:1-14 On this day we remember a gruesome event in the history of mankind. It was a sad call for the execution of someone who had done nothing but good and showed nothing but love. It was the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. But why did this happen? The Jewish religious authorities saw him as…

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 Bread of life

John 6:35-37 Imagine a world without food. Unthinkable, right? Food provides us with the strength to live. When it is the right kind, it supplies the nutrients which our body needs to function well. Jesus  also appealed to this universal need for food when he declared: “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me…

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…

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….

Remember Judas

Matthew 27:3 I wonder what Judas thought. He changed his mind when he saw that Jesus was condemned. What was he thinking? Did he think the Jewish rulers merely wanted a word with Christ? He cheapened Christ, betraying him for thirty pieces of silver. He obviously saw no value in Christ beyond the monetary gain…

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…

Already and Not-yet

Isaiah 35:5,6 The entrance of Christ into our world was like ‘water breaking forth in the wilderness, and stream in the desert’ (Isaiah 35:6). He came in power, healing all who were oppressed of the Devil. He came literally opening the eyes of the blind, unlocking the ears of the deaf, and causing the lame…

Death conquered

Psalm 49:15 Death has been described as the great leveller. It brings everyone – rich or poor, male or female, black or white – down. And it does not discriminate among them. Therefore people fear death, for they feel themselves powerless against it. The Christian also understands that death is an enemy which deprives us…

The true spirit of Christmas

The Christmas story isn’t fiction, though contemporary notions of it largely are. We speak of a jolly season, where it is all smiles, gifts, and lights. There is Santa Claus, the grandfatherly figure with a wide grin, kind eyes and a sack full of toys. The dinner tables are laid out with all sorts of…