Entries by suzie

Wednesday 20 November, 2019

A man plants a fig tree, and for three straight years expects fruit but finds none. He tells the gardener to chop it down and plant something else. The gardener asks for one more chance, another season for the tree to bear fruit. If there is no fruit next season, then cut it down. This […]

Tuesday 19 November, 2019

I think of the question that may have been asked is, “why them”.  Jesus talks about these different people, none of whom Jesus points out are any worse or better than anyone else but all die untimely deaths by various means. They are all physically dead, but he seems to be drawing a different parallel […]

Monday 18 November, 2019

This is really two separate conversations Jesus had. The first with his disciples, the second with the large crowds that followed him. First to his disciples he prepares them for the reality they will soon encounter. Soon Jesus will undergo his ‘terrible baptism’, a baptism into death via the cross. Soon people will be divided […]

Sunday 17 November, 2019

This is quite a sobering passage detailing the value God places on faithful servant hood.  There are consequences for being faithful or unfaithful, reward and punishment respectively.  It also talks about the importance of knowing what the master or God wants from us. As believers we know that there will come a time where we […]

Saturday 16 November, 2019

Be ready! That’s the message of this passage. Even though the time and day are uncertain, the one certainty is that the Master will return. Jesus will return. The challenge is of course are we ready, am I ready, are you ready for the return of Jesus? Are there things in your life or heart […]

Friday 15 November, 2019

What is my life’s ultimate pursuit? Is it food…clothing…or the Kingdom of God. According to Jesus, my life is for more than simply eating food, and my body is for more than clothes. If I know that a computer is able to do more than play my music…then to use the computer simply for playing […]

Thursday 14 November, 2019

Reading this passage, I feel both close to Jesus and puzzled at the same time. I feel close, as I imagine Jesus in a typical interchange with the people that followed him. Crowds listening in. Jesus teaching and chatting at the very middle of a huddle. I have a front row seat, I see the […]

Wednesday 13 November, 2019

This scripture speaks to me about being someone who defends the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  We have seen recently many people who successfully defend the Gospel and others where the outcome maybe not have been what they intended.  Most of the disciples of Jesus were physically killed for their faith in Jesus Christ.  They defended […]

Tuesday 12 November, 2019

Here we find Jesus warning His disciples about the “yeast of the Pharisees”, referring to their hypocrisy. This follows a long list of ‘woes’ which he dishes out to the Pharisees and experts in the Law in Chapter 11. Hypocrisy means a lack of integrity – professing one thing but doing the opposite. But Jesus […]

Monday 11 November, 2019

Who truly sees the inside of us, but Jesus? As I read this passage, I see two types of expertise Jesus was exposing: the Pharisee’s had become experts in diverting theirs and everyone else’s attention away from the inner life. The murky waters of personal desires and inner motives. And the teachers of the law […]