Many have been jealous of the disciples who were able to be a part of the Last Supper. And able to witness the resurrection body of Jesus. But God has also given us ways by which we may have communion with Jesus, even though we were not there to personally see the amazing events of His earthly ministry.
Have you ever been in a situation where you missed something obvious? Have you been a part of a confusing conversation that you just couldn’t figure a way out of? Some of Jesus’ disciples found themselves in a similar situation.
Have you ever done something completely on the wrong premise. You know what happens. Every thing gets blown out of the water when you discover the truth. Well that’s what happened to the women who went to anoint Jesus’ body as he lay in the tomb. They found He wasn’t there!
There were things to be done. Preparations had to be made. Jesus had died. A secret Christian courageously makes his faith known and takes Jesus body to be buried. And the women who loved Jesus, go to anoint Jesus body with oil and spices.
The sky would go dark. A curtain would be torn from top to bottom. Nothing could stop the inevitable. Jesus was dying. God had turned His back on His only Son. But the end is in sight! A light can be seen!
Who would you consider to be the luckiest person in the world? Someone with a lot of money, or maybe a football player with a couple of SuperBowl rings? How about someone who came to trust Jesus at the last possible moment of their life?
Have you ever done something really, really bad to someone? And then amazingly they forgave you? What if it was the worst sin possible? Would you still expect to be forgiven? You know what? Jesus forgave those who crucified Him.
On the way to the cross, Jesus passed many who were shedding tears. But he would not let them cry. There are events to come that are more pressing for them to be concerned about.
The trial of Jesus is over. Pilate found Him innocent of all charges. End of story? Nope not yet, Jesus was still sentenced to death. What happened next? Why was an innocent man crucified?
What did the Roman trial of Jesus really do? Why did He need to suffer so horribly? These are questions that many people have when it comes to the treatment of Jesus.
Have you ever felt that you were unfairly treated, maybe accused of something that you didn’t do? Maybe your words have been twisted or misrepresented? If so, you’re not alone. Christ was tried in a court facing charges that were just not true.
First Jesus was betrayed by Judas, and then denied by Peter. What could cause them to do such a horrible thing? To learn about the situation surrounding the Peters denial, tune in this week to Every Last Word.
Has anyone ever betrayed you? Has anyone treated you differently than you thought that they should? Jesus understands what you have been through, because he too, was betrayed by one of the people closest to Him.
The prayer that Jesus prayed in the garden of Gethsemane has been widely discussed and read. There are many important aspects about this time that Christ spent in the garden.
There are many dangers in this world. Sometimes we aren’t even aware of them all. But at other times we are aware of the trouble around us. How do we get out of the trouble that we are in, and how do we stay out of the trouble that we’re unaware of?
“I’m better than you are!” “No you're not!” Kids are always arguing over who is better. And if you’re honest with yourself so are adults. Jesus’ disciples often argued about who was the greatest. But Jesus reminded them that true greatness came from being a servant.
The Last Supper with Christ and his disciples was also the first communion service. What is it about the bread and the wine that still play such a vital role in the life of the church today?
To many, a conspiracy that was carried out against Jesus by one of his own disciples seems unthinkable. Are the circumstances around the last super curious to you?
In a world that is often afraid of what the future holds, how can we, as Christians, look towards the end times? Are we to treat the unknown of the future as the world does? Or is there a better way?
The final judgment is a topic that is not often discussed. Many people have questions about the prophesies Jesus made regarding this important topic. This week we'll discuss the prophesies of Christ regarding the last judgment and how they affect you!
Persecution, suffering and the end times. All of these things can spark unrest or curiosity when we hear of them. But, Jesus in the gospels brings us peace and understanding to what will happen when the world comes to an end.
How do you use your belongings or social status? Do you put them to use for the Kingdom of God, or do you use them to get your own way. This week we discuss the things we have and what we do with them.
Jesus was asked many questions during his life. But occasionally he would ask one or two of his own. He had a riddle for the Pharisees and it wasn’t “Why is six afraid of Seven”! It had significant spiritual meaning. Jesus asked the Pharisees about his own family background.
Is there really a resurrection? How can we be certain? If there is a heaven, how do we get there? Jesus answered these tough questions just before He was about to face His own death.
Can Christians be involved in politics? Are we to obey our government and its laws even when we don’t agree with them? Christ showed both His followers and enemies how they were to respond to political powers.
What the best story you’ve ever heard? Dr. Philip Ryken is going to re-tell one of the greatest stories that Jesus ever told. It insulted his audience and the climax highlights Jesus. But there’s a twist, someone is murdered!
Do you have a passion for the place God has put you? Jesus had a heart for the city God had sent him to—Jerusalem. Jesus loved the city that God sent him to.
Of all the ways that the King of kings could make an entrance into a city, Jesus chose to come on a donkey! Why would Jesus choose such a humble way to make his greatest entry into Jerusalem?
God has given us the ability to do many things for Him. Some people have the ability to give a lot, while others only a little. But no matter how much God has given, are your talents being used for Him?
Is having faith, enough to be saved? Is there anything else that we must do to have a saving relationship with Jesus? The week we learn what Jesus calls us to do when we receive his salvation.
How do we maintain our faith when life circumstances are not the way we’d like them to be? What happens during those times when we think we’re losing our faith? This week we'll discuss the blind beggar who called out for Jesus to heal is sight.
A lot of people talk about giving everything up for Jesus. Do they really mean ‘everything’? What do we get in return for giving up everything for Christ?
How do we get to heaven? Some say it’s by being like a child. Others say it is by giving away all of your money to the poor. What does the Bible really say about how to get to heaven?
It’s often far too easy to compare ourselves to other people. It’s even easier to decide that we are better than others. But this sort of comparison doesn’t help us to become more like Christ. In fact we learn a lot more about ourselves and our sinfulness.
Do you ever feel that no matter how much you pray for something, God never answers? Whether it’s for a relationship, the salvation of a friend, or justice for those who are persecuted, it sometimes feels that God isn’t answering. What does Jesus say about being persistent in our prayers?
There has been a lot of talk in recent years about the end times and the second coming of Christ. But what does the Bible really say about Jesus’ return? Jesus himself spoke about his second coming in the Gospel of Luke, and that’s where we turn to today.
How often do you think “I deserve better than this!”? If you feel that God is not treating you as fairly, as think He should be, continue listening to find out how to give thanks when you aren’t feeling thankful.
How many times have we said to our friends or family “I just can’t forgive you!” We’re often hurt in such a way that it feels impossible to forgive. Today we will be looking at Jesus’ words of guidance on this matter. We will hear how to forgive and how to accept forgiveness.
If you die tonight where will you spend eternity? It’s a standard evangelistic line. Most people respond “well heaven of course” but the fact is many don’t believe in heaven or hell. I hope you can honestly say that you’ll spend eternity with God in heaven.
What happens when you do something wrong and it’s found out. Well you try and make an excuse to justify your actions. Sometimes that works but eventually you’ll get caught and punished for your wrong behavior.
Have you ever gone to the store to buy a friend! I doubt it. But I bet you’ve bought an ice cream cone just to impress a cute girl so that she’d be your friend! Are you using your money and resources for your personal gain? Or are you using your money for spiritual advancement?
Sibling rivals! How often have you heard “Daddy loves me more!” ”No he doesn’t!” and on it goes. The oldest brother in the Prodigal Son was jealous of the love his father showed to his younger brother. But the truth is he didn’t want the love. But we’ll see his father longed to give it to him.
Have you ever loved someone even when it really cost you something, and then kept on loving? Have you ever loved so much that other people thought you a bit strange? That’s how God loves us.
What does a teenage boy, a bunch of money and freedom equal? It equals Trouble! You know how the stories go. If the truth be told we really just want to live the way we want to, wasting away in the pleasures of the sinful world. However we must repent of this desire and come back to Christ!
Are you looking for an excuse to celebrate? The Angels in heaven are. But do you know what brings them joy? It should also bring joy to our hearts. There is nothing greater on this earth an a lost soul coming to salvation.
It may not be flattering to think of ourselves as sheep – they may be cute as lambs, but they’re stupid and often wander. It’s truly comforting to know that Christ is our shepherd. When we wander and got lost, he will come find us and carry us home.
If you want to follow Jesus, you must hate your father and mother, your spouse and even your kids. These words seem not only harsh but they seem to contradict the very commands God has given to us. Yet Jesus said them. Today we’ll be trying to understand what Jesus meant, and how we can follow him.
Sometimes we picture God condemning most people, while only a very few make it into heaven. The parable of the banquet shows us a completely different picture. We see God relentlessly seeking after people to come join his feast.
Have you found yourself stepping on other people in order to get what you want? Maybe it’s for recognition at church, a promotion at work, or a gadget at the store you’re dying to have. Our hearts tell us to push others aside to get what we think we deserve. Jesus shows a very different way for us to live.
If you look around at Christmas time you’ll likely see almost everywhere baby Jesus in a manger. But something is missing, can you think of what it is? In order to fully understand Christmas, another part of Jesus’ story needs to be told. Tune in this week to Every Last Word with Dr. Phil Ryken to hear about the very important connection between the manger and the cross.