The Anointing of Jesus

Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odor of the ointment. Frederick Farrar in the book The Life of Christ goes over many of the speculations about the relationship of Simon […]

Palm Sunday

This begins the series of events leading up to the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It was the fulfillment of prophesy. Many people today celebrate Palm Sunday. Palm Sunday is established to remember the triumphal entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem. One week later is Easter Sunday. Easter is to celebrate the Resurrection of […]

Be Ye Therefore Perfect

This statement I find turns off a lot of people. It does not turn me off. It becomes the goal — a goal I will not reach any time soon. Nevertheless, it is the goal, and I keep trying. Matthew 5 : 48 KJV 48. Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is […]

Love your Enemies

As I have lived my life, this statement has been more impactful on me than any other. It helps me to get through the challenges of life and forgive those who I contend with. I look forward to the day when I can live this principle to perfection. Today, all I can do is the […]

Turn the Other Cheek

The teachings in these verses are perhaps the most difficult principles to put into practice. They are the law. And the more difficult the law to follow, the greater are the rewards for they who choose to live it. Matthew 5 : 38-42 KJV 38. Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye […]

Swear not at All

Matthew 5 : 33-37 KJV 33. Again, ye have heard that it hath been said by them of old time, Thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths. 34. But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God’s throne: 35. Nor by the […]

Commitment in Marriage

When it comes to teaching about divorce, one thing that is very clear, is that Jesus is not fond of people laying down their marriage covenant. Matthew 5 : 31-32 KJV 31. It hath been said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement: 32. But I say unto […]

Committing Adultery in Your Heart – Pornography

Matthew 5 : 27-30 KJV 27. Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: 28. But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. 29. And if thy right eye offend […]

Anger and Reconciliation

This section of the Sermon on the Mount covers Jesus Christ’s teachings on anger and reconciliation. Matthew 5 : 21-25 KJV 21. Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgement: 22. But I say unto you, […]

The Law and Righteousness

Matthew 5 : 17-20 KJV 17. Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. 18. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all […]

The Salt of the Earth – The Light of the World

Matthew 5 : 13-16 KJV 13. Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be trodden under foot of men. 14. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an […]

The Beatitudes

For many years, I have loved the Beatitudes. I recall once teaching a youth sunday school class going over the beatitudes with deep passion as tears streamed down my face at times. I do not know if anyone in the class got what I was teaching. But they were and are precious to me. Yet […]

Jesus Raises Lazarus from the Dead

Can there be a greater example of the power of God than to raise to life a man who had been dead for four days? Fact is, God controls the elements, all of them. That is how he created the earth. A God that can create an earth, can control life and death. He can […]

Jesus Feeds Thousands – Twice

The Book of Matthew and the Book of Mark both record that Jesus fed the masses on two separate occasions, once four thousand and once five thousand (plus the women and children). The Book of Luke and the Book of John only record the event of feeding five thousand people. I shall only include the […]