House of Prayer

We continue our 40-day journey deeeeep into the ♥ of Jesus.

What’s the first thing Jesus did after he got to Jerusalem? According to eyewitness reports:

Jesus entered the temple area and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves.

“It is written,” he said to them, “‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’ but you are making it a ‘den of robbers.'” (Matthew 21:12-13)

Who Is This?

Our 40-day journey with Jesus continues to spiral toward its stunning climax.

Jesus came to town today. Here’s the picture painted by eyewitnesses:

The great crowd that had come for the Feast heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, “Hosanna!” “Blessed is he who  comes in the name of the Lord!” “Blessed is the King of Israel!” (John 12:12-13)

Another witness reported:

Jesus’ Final Days

Our 40-day journey with Jesus begins to spiral toward its climax.

Let’s set the stage …

Crowds are starting to gather. The people are expectant. The governor’s worried. The religious leaders are uneasy.

God’s coming to town. And he has a plan: saving you and me.

Here’s a sneak preview, based on an eyewitness account:

The Road to Jerusalem

Our 40-day journey with Jesus begins to spiral to its earth-shattering climax.

Jesus is on his way to Jerusalem to save the world. Here’s an eyewitness account:

As Jesus and his disciples were leaving Jericho, a large crowd followed him. Two blind men were sitting by the roadside, and when they heard that Jesus was going by, they shouted, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!” The crowd rebuked them and told them to be quiet, but they shouted all the louder, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!” (Matthew 20:29-31)

Do What Jesus Says

We continue our 40-day journey deeeeep into the ♥ of Jesus.

Today, we reach the end of the Sermon on the Mount. Here’s how Jesus began his concluding remarks:

Therefore, everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. (Matthew 7:24-25)

If we listen to Jesus’ words AND put them into practice, he promises us a foundation that can’t be shaken. What happens if we don’t do what he says?

Which Way?

GUWG-GateWe continue our 40-day journey deeeeep into the ♥ of Jesus.

Today, Jesus gives us a stark contrast and makes it clear that we have a choice to make. His instruction is simple: choose your path carefully.

Wide is the gate
but small is the gate
and broad is the road
and narrow the road
that leads to destruction
that leads to life
and many enter through it
and only a few find it
(Matthew 7:13-14)

God Gives Good Gifts

GUWG-ASK-BlackWe continue our 40-day journey deeeeep into the ♥ of Jesus.

We’re sitting at Jesus’ feet, listening to the greatest sermon ever preached: the Sermon on the Mount.

To me, there’s nothing more comforting than today’s words from Jesus:

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to  your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!

(Matthew 7:7-11)