The Father's Cup

Rev. David Bast

READ : John 18:1-11 In this special Words of Hope program for Holy Week, David Bast explores how Jesus’ suffering and death on our behalf can transform our understanding of our own suffering. Palm Sunday, the day when Jesus entered Jerusalem riding on a donkey, is also known as Passion Sunday, the first day of Holy Week, when Christians commemorate Jesus’ suffering, death, and resurrection. On this Passion Sunday I invite you to reflect on God’s saving love in Christ. …

Follow Me

Rev. David Bast

READ : Matthew 9:9-13 Jesus’ most basic command was a simple two-word order: “Follow me.” How likely you are to do that depends on just how you see yourself. Matthew the evangelist, whose gospel we have been following in this series of programs about Jesus’ ministry, was originally Matthew the tax collector. The only mention Matthew makes of himself in his work is a brief reference to his conversion and its immediate aftermath. As Jesus passed on from there, he …

It's Easy to Say

Rev. David Bast

READ : Matthew 9:1-8 Religious claims – to have the power to heal or forgive people, for example – are easy to make. What counts is the ability to back them up with deeds. Religious claims are easy to make. All sorts of people claim to have power to heal or to create prosperity, or at least to have a direct pipeline to God for channeling these things to you. But claims are just words. It’s one thing to utter …

The Great Emancipator

Rev. David Bast

READ : Matthew 8:28-34 Abraham Lincoln was called “the Great Emancipator” for his role in freeing the American slaves, but Jesus Christ truly is the Great Emancipator. He came to set people free from every kind of bondage: spiritual, emotional, and physical. You might have seen stories in the news media about the work of the “Jesus Seminar” that met periodically for several years. They were a group of liberal New Testament scholars who gathered together to decide (by voting …

Who Is this Man?

Rev. David Bast

READ : Matthew 8:23-27 Matthew tells the story of how Jesus and his disciples were caught in a violent storm while crossing the sea of Galilee. But the remarkable thing is that the disciples were more nervous after the storm than during it. Matthew tells how Jesus and his disciples were once caught in a turbulent storm while crossing the sea of Galilee. It's remarkable that the disciples were more nervous after the storm than during it. The first part …

Following Jesus

Rev. David Bast

READ : Matthew 8:18-22 Whenever Jesus talked to people about following him, he insisted on two points. One was how difficult that is to do. The other was how crucially important it is that we actually do follow him. So far in this series of programs from the eighth chapter of the Gospel of Matthew we have seen nothing but stories of healing miracles. But Jesus is more than just a wonder-worker. He didn’t come only to comfort and heal …