From: December 28, 2018
Scripture for today: Zechariah 12:1-13:9; Revelation 19:1-21; Psalm 147:1-20; Proverbs 31:1-7
From: December 28, 2017
From: December 28, 2016
John saw the curtains of heaven drawn back and Christ making His triumphal entry. The former entry that Jesus made into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday was a foreshadowing of this. On that day Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey, coming as the Lamb of God sent to take away the sin of the world. Yet, John saw a day coming when Christ would appear riding on a white stallion as the Lord of lords and King of kings, sent to judge and make war against those who have rebelled against God and rejected His Son. Jesus has already won the victory against sin and Satan on the cross. The final skirmish will soon be here.
From: December 28, 2015
The angel instructed John to write concerning the “blessing” that awaited those who responded to the invitation to attend the Lamb’s wedding supper. This “Lamb” is Christ and the bride is the church (Eph. 5:32). The word translated “called” is a Greek perfect passive participle, which literally means, “having been called/invited.” In other words, the invitations have already gone out and only those who “RSVP’d” their attendance will be present. Not everyone will respond to this invitation in the positive and having sent their “regrets,” they will not “taste” (Luke 14:24) of this blessed banquet. Have you responded to Christ’s wedding invitation yet?
From: December 28, 2014
The prophet Zechariah wrote around 520 BC. This was 500 years before Christ and 2500 years before the present age. His little book is filled with Messianic prophecies. Here, we see a Messianic reference to “an only son,” a “firstborn” who the people of Israel would “look on” and finally acknowledge as the Messiah whom they had “pierced.” Recognizing Him they would “mourn” and “grieve bitterly.” Certainly, the prophecy that they would pierce the Son has already come to pass at Christ’s crucifixion. But that they would acknowledge Him and mourn has only partially come true. A great outpouring of the Spirit took place at Pentecost and thousands of Jews were saved. Yet, most Jews have rejected Christ. Zechariah’s prophecy points to a future time when a great spiritual awakening will take place among the Jews, so that they embrace Christ as their Messiah. This will happen before true peace comes to Jerusalem.
From: December 28, 2013
The prophet Zechariah was a contemporary of Haggai. He wrote during the 5th century BC when the Jews had returned to Israel from Babylonian captivity. His book is filled with Messianic prophecies (30 pieces of silver, riding a donkey…). In this verse, he speaks of the Messiah being “pierced” by his own and how they will mourn for him as for “an only child,” as for a “firstborn.”
From: December 28, 2012
The center of our preaching is Christ. We preach the whole written Word of God, yet recognizing always that the essence of our message is the Incarnate Word. We must make it “clear” that our witness is not self-help or improvement through human effort or rule-keeping, but Jesus our Sacrifice, Jesus our Savior, Jesus our Sovereign. A clear and simple testimony about Jesus is the essence of truly prophetic preaching.
From: December 28, 2009
“Yahweh” (LORD, “I am that I am,” Jehovah, God). “YHWH” (As in the Hebrew Bible. The Tetragrammaton. The Name without the vowels. The Name that cannot be spoken). “The Day of the LORD” was a repetitive phrase in the OT prophets describing the coming of the Messiah and the Day of God’s judgment.