Posts Tagged Jesus

The Widow of Nain: Seen by Jesus (Luke 7:11-17)

Luke 7:11-17 tells a remarkable story from the ministry of Jesus.  Jesus is travelling with His disciples to a city called Nain and, as became typical, a large crowd accompanied them.  As Jesus came to the gate of the city He encountered what would have been a pretty common scene: a funeral procession.  The crowd […]

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Psalm 130 – Looking for redemption

Psalm 130 is a song filled with deep cries of longing for mercy and redemption.  As one of the Songs of Ascents (Psalms 120-134) it would have been used by pilgrims as they made their way to Jerusalem for the festival celebrations.  This particular song helped the pilgrims articulate their hope for salvation. The psalm […]

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Jehoshabeath: The Courageous Princess (2 Chronicles 22:10-12)

Cast list: Ahaziah              King of Judah (also known as Jehoahaz) Jehoram             Father of Ahaziah Athaliah              Mother of Ahaziah Jehoshabeath   Sister of Ahaziah Joash                   Son of Ahaziah Jehoiada             High priest 2 Chronicles 22:10-12 happened during dark times for the nation of Judah.  Following the death of King Jehoshaphat who ‘sought the Lord with all his […]

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Joseph (Part 3): Dreamer, Refugee, Protector (Matthew 2:13-23)

It happens so frequently.  Someone or something captures the public imagination and for a short time they are the talk of the town.  But, no sooner than they become a household name, they disappear from view.  Just two months ago, Joseph was the subject of every nativity play in the country.  Now, in the middle […]

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Joseph (Part 2): On that holy night (Luke 2:1-7)

The Christmas story, as is true of any and every historical event, is firmly rooted at a particular time in a particular place.  Luke, that most careful of chroniclers, identifies the circumstances surrounding the time and place of Jesus’ birth in Luke 2:1-7.  Emperor Caesar Augustus decreed that everyone within the vast reach of the […]

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Joseph (Part 1): A righteous man (Matthew 1:18-25)

It was an absolute bombshell when Joseph heard the news that his fiancée was pregnant.  It was almost unbelievable that Mary could have done this.  It seemed so out of character for the young woman promised to him in marriage… And yet it was true.  She was pregnant and the rumours were swirling. Matthew 1:18-25 […]

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Psalm 80 – The Vine

Psalm 80 was written during a period when God was angry with His people (v4).  He was not answering their prayers and they had become an object of ridicule amongst their enemies (v6).  Three times in the psalm the refrain, ‘Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved!’ occurs (verses […]

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