The Courage of John the Baptist

(Illustrative account taken from Mark 6:17-28 KJV.)

Raucous laughter filled the grand hall as Herod Antipas, tetrarch of Galilee, feasted with his governors, military chiefs and nobles. The banquet was in honor of Herod’s birthday. Alcohol flowed freely as he was toasted and cheered as a great leader. Salome, the daughter of his wife Herodias, began to dance before the men, pleasing them with her beauty and enticement.

In the exaltation and pride of the moment, Herod called her to him. “Ask me for whatever you want, and I will give you up to half of my kingdom.”Read more

The Pharisee & the Publican

(The following account is a narrative of the parable told by Jesus in Luke 18:9-14 KJV).

Background:

The Pharisees were one of the largest and wealthiest sects among the Jews. They adhered strictly to many of the laws of Moses and felt just as bound to the oral Mosaic traditions. The word Pharisee means separatist. They separated themselves from the pollution of the Jewish worship and stood apart as holy and undefiled. Read more

The Passion of Christ

(The following account is illustrative of the crucifixion of Christ as detailed in Matthew 27, Mark 15, Luke 23 and John 19 KJV)
Betrayed, arrested, tried and sentenced to be crucified, Jesus was stripped of His garments and scourged by the Roman soldiers. This flogging was a legal preliminary to every Roman execution and was intended to weaken the victim to a state short of death. The Romans used a short whip having several leather thongs to which small iron balls or sharp pieces of sheep bone were tied. As Christ was lashed, the skin was cut and blood flowed down His body. The deep tissues and muscles of His back were lacerated into ribbons as the flogging continued.Read more

Who Is the Greatest?

(The following account is an illustration of what could possibly have taken place amongst the disciples. It is drawn from the following scriptural passages:  Luke 22:24-27; Mark 9:33-36; Matthew 18:1-4. KJV)

As Jesus and the disciples walked down the dusty road  toward Capernaum, the disciples walked slower and slower. They soon fell behind Jesus as they began to quarrel amongst themselves as they disputed “who should be the greatest” (Mark 9:34b).

They envisioned being delivered from the occupation of the Roman Empire and ruling over Israel with the Messiah as kings and princes. The disciples did not yet understand that the kingdom of God was not political but was a spiritual kingdom (Luke 17:21; Romans 14:17).Read more

A Believer’s Baptism

“Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins….” —Acts 2:38

In the early 1500s, the flames of reformation were kindled and spread rapidly through Europe as God began to restore the knowledge of Biblical truths. The world had been in relative spiritual night from the dark, papal reign of the Roman Catholic church who had apostatized the truth of the early morning church. The Protestant Reformation, beginning in Germany with Martin Luther in 1517, grew as people began to see the fallacy of Catholicism. Many of the reformers, while not seeing all the light, were getting pockets and rays of truth on various doctrines and practices. Read more