“At the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me'” (Mark 15:34)

March 11, 2011

This cry was not a mark of failure, but one of prophecy fulfilled and the human condition felt. Jesus said the very words of Psalm 22:1 prophesied for Him. He who knew no sin became sin for us. He suffered separation so that we might be brought near to God.

“You will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven” (Mark 14:62)

March 10, 2011

So Jesus answered the High Priest. Since that generation has passed now, how will Jesus’ statement be fulfilled? Will the living and the dead bear witness to this glorious coming? Apparently. Get ready.

“When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom” Proverbs 11:2)

March 9, 2011

Are you teachable? Will you humble yourself and learn from one who has wisdom? The know-it-all will lose it all, but the humble learner will gain wisdom. Great leaders are life-long learners.

“Is the LORD’s arm too short? You will now see whether or not what I say will come true for you” (Numbers 11:23)

March 8, 2011

Is there an area of your life where you doubt God’s reach? God’s Word will not fail. His mighty arm will accomplish what His Word has declared.

“Whenever the cloud lifted from above the Tent, the Israelites set out” (Numbers 9:17)

March 7, 2011

“No man can redeem the life of another…But God will redeem my life from the grave; he will surely take me to himself” (Psalm 49:7, 15)

March 6, 2011

To redeem is to purchase by paying the price in exchange for another’s life. Who can afford the cost of eternal life? Only One who has such life to give.

“When Jesus saw that he had answered wisely, he said to him, ‘You are not far from the kingdom of God'” (Mark 12:34)

March 5, 2011

Have you met one like this? One who has the Kingdom in his eyes, but not yet in his heart? No need to argue, just encourage them to believe. Tell them it’s only a matter of time. Say it with a smile. You know something that they soon will too.

“On the east, toward the sunrise, the divisions of the camp of Judah are to encamp under their standard” (Numbers 2:3)

March 4, 2011

Of the 12 tribes, Judah is given first position. They are to camp under their tribal flag emblazoned with a lion (Gen.49:9), situated due east, so that they are the first to rise with the sun. This is the tribe of the Messiah, whose return through the Eastern Gate is prophesied.

“Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10)

March 3, 2011

Dial down the noise. Come away from your worry and busy-ness. Listen for the Whisper. And know.

“Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant” (Mark 10:43)

March 2, 2011

Unlike worldly leaders, Kingdom leaders descend to greatness by serving. Jesus calls us to be servant-leaders. Are there jobs in your family, workplace or church that are beneath you? Good. Start there and do them wholeheartedly. Faithfulness in the little things comes first.