Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
In this passage, the religious leaders questioned the authority of Jesus (v. 23-27). Often, due to unbelief in our own lives, we are no different than them. We are unable to appreciate the significance of Christ’s atonement on the cross and find ourselves mired in doubt and condemnation. In domino effect, with the weight of condemnation over us, we wilfully turn away from God and ignore His commands, thereby falling into the very sin from which we seek freedom.
However, today’s passage reminds us that we have hope even in our lowest moments! The passage communicates God’s selfless love to us, which He revealed by sending Jesus to be the perfect sacrifice for our sins (v. 33-46). When we falter in our Christian journey, let us turn to God in faith, believing that Christ’s work on the cross is fully sufficient to redeem us from the weight of every sin. Let us remember that Jesus lovingly included tax collectors and prostitutes in His kingdom, who although initially rebelled against Him, later repented of their wrongdoing, and followed Him wholeheartedly (v. 28-32). There is neither any sin unredeemable for Jesus, nor any person beyond His reach. We are to come to Jesus just as we are. It is at His feet that we experience the fullness of His forgiveness and the power to live a holy life.
Today’s passage further conveys how we can lead an obedient life. It ebulliently tells us of the foundation of our faith—that Jesus is indeed the cornerstone (v. 42)! Through the power of the Holy Spirit, we can resist evil. In moments of weakness, let us cling to God by constantly meditating on His word and praying to Him. Jesus, who is the author and perfecter of our faith, will never forsake us. As we commence Holy Week, may the words of Jesus—identifying Himself as our cornerstone—serve as a clarion call for us to wholeheartedly embrace Him and humbly seek a renewed walk with Him.
Dear God, please help our unbelief and truly mold us into vessels that will glorify Your name.
Thought for the day
We were made to enjoy God forever, therefore let us set aside everything that will preclude us from this everlasting union.
Immanuel MTC, Virginia