Between Marx and Christ

  Karl Marx (1818-1883) famously derided religion as a myth. He described it as an opiate which people take to help them cope with oppression and social injustice. At the root of society’s problem was the existence of private property. The possession of property placed the owners in a class distinct from those who lacked…

Unrequited love

Psalm 109:5,6 When Jesus was on earth, he went about doing good and healing people oppressed by the devil (Acts 10:38). He loved the poor. He healed the sick. And he even raised the dead. Yet what did he get in return? A cross. Kindness was met with cruelty. Truth was met with injustice. Liberation…

What Balaam Saw

  Many Christians remember the story of Balaam for that most unusual of miracles: a talking donkey. If you attended Sunday School when you were young, there’s a 90 percent chance you know the story.   For those who may not remember, here’s a very short summary:   While Israel was journeying through the wilderness,…

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…