• LENT 2018 | DAY XVI

    READ Luke 22:17-20 The Passover meal was not just any meal in Jewish culture. It was the day in which Israel looked back and remembered the time God spared them from death in His divine mercy. As Israel (in the book of Exodus) obeyed God’s command, slaughtered a lamb without blemish, and painted their doorposts

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  • LENT 2018 | DAY XIV

    Luke 22:1-6 We left yesterday sensing the urgency of Jesus’ message: the kingdom is near, watch for it! In light of this urgency, Jesus continued teaching in the temple, and the crowds continued to gather. Today in our text, Luke reminds us of the Jewish calendar – the daily, and yearly, rhythms of life for

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  • LENT 2018 | DAY XIII

    Luke 21:34-38 Christ’s kingdom is coming – it’s drawing near! This urgency of Jesus’ words begs the question: How, then, shall we live? I can almost imagine the disciples, after hearing these words, which we have been reading the past several days, wondering with a bit a fear, “Now what?” Indeed, it is tempting, even

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  • LENT 2018 | DAY XII

    Luke 21:29-33 Yesterday, we were left with great hope – the hope and glory of our faith: God’s kingdom is coming soon. Indeed, after lots of seemingly dark, apocalyptic imagery regarding the earth and the “Son of Man,” Christ tells his disciples to “stand up straight” (ἀνακύπτω) because, “your redemption is drawing near” (v. 28).

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  • LENT 2018 | DAY XI

    Luke 21:25-28 After a long excursus full of terrifying images and confusing illustrations Jesus tells the disciples that when they see all these things they are to stand up straight! When all these signs are marked on the horizon of history they are to lift up their heads because their redemption is at hand! The

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  • LENT 2018 | DAY IX

    READ Luke 21:20-24 In our text for today, we are continuing to look at Jesus’ teaching in the temple. The passage you just read is another part of the longer teaching Jesus gives to His disciples on the heels of the widow giving her two coins in the temple. His teaching is apocalyptic, mysterious, and

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