The Transfiguration

Pierce Maassen

READ : Luke 9:28–36 And as he was praying, the appearance of his face was altered, and his clothing became dazzling white. (v. 29) Many important events of Christ’s ministry took place on mountains. He often went up to a mountain to pray; his greatest sermon was preached on a mountain; he suffered the agonies of Gethsemane on the side of a mountain; he ascended to heaven from a mountain. On a mountain, in the presence of Peter, James, and …

The Five Thousand Fed

Pierce Maassen

READ : Luke 9:10–17 Then he broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples to set before the crowd. (v. 16) The five thousand, miraculously fed by our Lord, had been tired and hungry; they had not intended to wander so far away from home and had brought no provisions. This is a picture of the world today. Wandering about in a world of sin, people need the life-giving nourishment that only Christ can supply. Notice how helpless the …

Honest Doubts

Pierce Maassen

READ : Luke 7:18–35 John . . . sent them to the Lord, saying, “Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?” (vv. 18–19) John the Baptist had introduced Christ to the world as the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. But in today’s Scripture, we discover that doubts have entered his mind. He sends his friends to Jesus with the question, “Are you the one who is to …

Rules and People

Pierce Maassen

READ : Luke 6:1–11 And Jesus said to them, “I ask you, is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do harm, to save life or to destroy it?” (v. 9) Customs, rules, and regulations are necessary and should be obeyed. We must attend church regularly, keep the Lord’s Day holy, and observe the speed limits when driving. But people are more important than regulations. That is the Lord’s teaching in today’s Scripture. The Jews were very …

Witnessing in the World

Pierce Maassen

READ : Luke 5:27–39 And the Pharisees and their scribes grumbled at his disciples, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” (v. 30) Although Jesus was perfectly righteous, he was accused of gluttony and carousing because he ate dinner with a man whose reputation was not the best. Perhaps in the light of this it is time we re-evaluated the old proverb, “A man is known by the company he keeps.” Christians are required to …

Knowing Is Not Enough

Pierce Maassen

READ : Luke 4:33–44 “You are the Son of God!” (v. 41) The faith that saves is much more than simply the recognition that Jesus is God. Even the demons know that! In verse 34 they confess, “I know who you are—the Holy One of God,” and in verse 41 they cry, “You are the Son of God!” Christian profession of faith must include more than assent to a doctrinal statement or Bible text. Biblical knowledge is meaningless unless it …