A brief account from Mark gives us no details of the temptation of Jesus Christ, only the barest facts. This sermon considers the significance of Jesus being tempted by Satan — three aspects of the King’s temptation that encourage us to humbly trust Him and eagerly await His glorious return.
This passage details the beginning of the public ministry of Jesus Christ. In the baptism of Jesus we see the supreme honor given to Him, and at the same time His supreme example of humility. The passage contains three incidents in the coronation of Christ that should lead us to worship Him with great thanksgiving, and to follow Him with humble confidence.
Why is the gospel of Jesus Christ such good news? Why should it be taken to heart? And why must we tell others this good news?
Titus is told to declare to believers the grace of God – past, present and future – in order to promote genuine and distinctive Christian living. God’s grace, in the Lord Jesus Christ, saves, sanctifies, and glorifies His people. Thus God’s grace gives us the reason and the means for living godly lives whilst waiting for the return of our great Saviour, Jesus Christ.
Psalm 96 is a call to worship the LORD – because He is great and greatly to be praise. It calls all God’s people to worship Him in enthusiastic song, to the praise of His glory, with reverence and fear, and with joy and confident trust as we eagerly wait His return.
But the psalm also exhorts God’s people to continually call unbelievers, all people in every land, to join us in worshiping our great God because He is, in His very essence, beautiful and glorious and praiseworthy.
The meeting which Zacchaeus has with the Lord Jesus is a beautiful demonstration of the fact that ‘what is impossible for man, is possible for God’ — Jesus Christ gives eternal life. The account illustrates both His grace and His power in salvation, and the transformation that takes place at conversion.
This exuberant psalm calls for worship appropriate for our great God who is above all gods: we are to worship with happy thanksgiving, with humble reverence, and with hearty obedience. Psalm 95 measures the health of our heart and exposes whether our worship is genuine and pleasing to God, or vain and bogus.
This psalm is unusual — it expresses not one, or two, but three blessed conditions for the believer in which they can make their joy complete. The psalmist, an Old Testament saint, speaks highly of the temple in Jerusalem as the place to meet with the living God — and the rich blessedness that comes from being there. But for new covenant believers things are different, and better, and more blessed…