The Lord of the Sabbath

I tell you, something greater than the temple is here. And if you had known what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the guiltless. For the Son of Man is lord of the Sabbath.”
—‭‭ Matthew‬ ‭12:6-8‬ ‭(ESV‬)

The Sabbath day is not a religious day. It is a day where the mercy of God is demonstrated: to remember the forgiveness we are given; to show mercy to those around us; and, to intercede for the lost in need of His mercy around the world.

Husband Hassles

Don’t let the title fool you, my wife does not hassle me. What hassles me are the heights of Scripture!

Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.

Ephesians 5:25-28

The words of the apostle Paul cause me to lie awake at night, challenged and distraught by my continual, seeming, lack of love for my wife. Again, not that I don’t love her, but the depth of my love in comparison to the love of Christ seems dull and feeble.

However, I must first and foremost find myself submitted to Christ. It is only out of a place of awe and reverence for Christ from which I will be able to love my wife the way she deserves.

After submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.

Ephesians 5:21

This verse is often translated with the verses preceeding, but it is agreed by most that it should be translated with the verses proceeding. My earlier quote (and the verses about a wife’s submission to the husband) follows the foundational point of submitting out of awe, reverence, and worship for Christ.

To my fellow married Christian brothers, who desire to be the best for your wife, set your attention upon Christ before your wife, then allow the riches of your relationship with Him flow into your marriage. For my unmarried brothers, learn this truth and embed it deep in your life so that it may be a firm foundation for you.

New Year’s Resolution

“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.” — Edith Lovejoy Pierce

Over the last few weeks, thousands—if not, millions—of people embarked on a journey of personal development, growth, change, and self-betterment. Many will see their new resolutions to the end of the year, many more will see their resolutions fail in the first month.

I, myself, am one such person who would fail, if I were to make a resolution. The simple reason comes down to two things: discipline and self-control. It is not that I lack either of these, but I am not likely to exercise them in the measure necessary for the great changes instituted by new year’s resolutions.

However, I am not satisfied with where life stands, ever. Why? Because life is an adventure. All the greater when you know the Lord Jesus Christ! Why? Because He made a serious statement about His role in our lives, in the lives of others, and in our world.

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. John 10:10

The thief—Satan, the devil, the evil one, whatever you want to call him—comes to steal, kill, and destroy the joys of life. Now, don’t jump to conclusions, because it doesn’t mean that life will be bad, it just won’t be the best. Satan will rob you of the best, not necessarily, the good.

However, Jesus comes to give the absolute best, what’s more, He gives in abundance. He did it by giving up His life and removing the barrier that stops us from having the best—sin. If there is ever a resolution to be made, it is to give one’s life to Jesus, then life will change for the better.

Like any serious change or growth, there will be pain and challenges, but the result will be worth it! I’d say believe me, but believe Jesus, He knows more than I ever will.

Moses: the Passover allegory

Cover to Cover

Reading: Exodus 12:1-14:31

Focus: Exodus 12:21-23

Let’s get straight to the point. Half the time when we read the Old Testament, it’s hard to understand how everything fits. The stories are nice, but sometimes they just seem like myths and legends of an ancient peoples. Then there’s the laws and we are grateful for the foundations that they have set for much of the Western world, until you find weird laws about what you can eat and what do when there’s mould in your house…? Then you get into the mystical prophecies and people have tried to make weird events fit into these words. How do these stories, traditions and rituals, all fit into the greater scheme of things for us Christians living in the 21st century?

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