Entries by suzie

Friday 18 February, 2022

This passage records the dawning of the Kingdom age where Jesus is offering a new way of understanding God’s timetable.  He tells his hearers that Israel’s long history, from Abraham and Moses through the prophets to the present moment, was preparation.  Now the preparation was over, and a new age had begun.  John was indeed […]

Thursday 17 February, 2022

John the Baptist had been running the race and fighting the good fight. He had faithfully preached a message to Israel that it was time to get ready for God’s Messiah, it was time to turn away from their own path and start following God’s appointed King. However, he preached this message at great personal […]

Wednesday 16 February, 2022

“Gentle Jesus meek and mild”? I don’t think so. He brings things into sharp focus, into high contrast. There‘s no beige with Jesus. If I’m not for him, I’m against him. If I’m not in the kingdom, I’m out. Jesus has just been telling his disciples that every nation will hate them because of him. […]

Tuesday 15 February, 2022

Jesus didn’t hold back when He needed to. Far out! What’s hard for me to grasp is what he says in verses 28-31. He says, “be afraid of God because He’s in charge of your eternal destiny, but don’t be afraid of God, because He cares for you.” How does that make any sense!?!? Looking […]

Monday 14 February, 2022

When I first read this passage I focussed on all the wrong things. I focussed on  “Heal the sick, raise the dead, cure those with leprosy, and cast out demons” and it sounded so hard; but I should have focused on “Give as freely as you have received!”. They just had to speak the authority […]

Sunday 13 February, 2022

It’s easy to look at people and see a crowd, but Jesus looked at a crowd and saw people. And the people he saw were like sheep without a shepherd – lost, scattered, defenceless and helpless. And it was this that moved his heart with compassion and moved him to action. Jesus said to the […]

Saturday 12 February, 2022

What was it like for these men who encountered Jesus? As blind men they were most probably unable to work, therefore unable to earn a living and dependent on others. In those times they would have been seen as unable to make good husbands and fathers if they could not support a family. They could […]

Friday 11 February, 2022

This familiar but powerful passage presents 2 beautiful personal encounters with the Lord Jesus, which lets us see into his heart full of compassion. Unlike the Pharisees and John the Baptist’s disciples in verses 11 and 14, Jesus was not obsessed with rules (note verse 13). Rather, he is obsessed with people’s lives, and what […]

Thursday 10 February, 2022

From reading this passage today and drawing on my knowledge and understanding of scripture, I think that this section of scripture reveals at least 2 things: 1) There is an expectation that modern Christians are meant to fast, even though Christ did not do it with his disciples  2) The context, application and approach to […]

Wednesday 9 February, 2022

In a culture where religious leaders sought to keep themselves separate and “pure”, Jesus is doing something shocking here. He is not only talking to known “sinners”, he even goes so far as to share a meal with them!  In ancient culture, eating with someone was considered extremely significant. You would only eat with someone […]