Hebrews 10:19-25 tells us what it looks like to have access to God and how the Christian life is experienced in the local church.
Jesus says, "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God." But what does it look like to receive a pure heart? And what does it look like to maintain a pure heart? The answers are the key to seeing God.
Pastors are called by God to point the flock of God to the chief Shepherd, Jesus Christ. And this is done through the faithful stewarding of the Word of God and with prayer.
The Creator of the universe, the Savior of sinners, the Lord of heaven and earth, rides to his death on the humblest of animals and is described as humble and meek. Of all the adjectives that could be used to describe our Lord, he is described as humble, gentle, and meek.
Mourning, weeping, and grieving are a response to pain and suffering. In this life, tears are inescapable, and Jesus knows your tears are inevitable. But Jesus says in Matthew 5:4, blessed are you who mourn for you will be comforted.
To be poor in spirit means to be empty before God. When a person is poor in spirit, there is an acknowledgment of one person's inadequacy before God. We should not be shocked that this is the first beatitude. If Jesus was about to preach into the hearts of his listeners, and now us, then we need to come to Jesus empty and needy.
Does Jesus have the authority to tell us what it looks like to flourish? If Jesus does not have the authority to teach us what it means to flourish, then what is the point of Christianity. But if we can see in the Bible that Jesus does have the authority to speak into our hearts…well, we better pay attention.
The purpose of commemorating the day with the word Purim is to remember that God providentially delivered the people of God from the clutches of Haman. In Esther 8-10, we read how God rescued his people, but the rescue points to a more incredible rescue.