Great call. The absolute uniqueness and necessity of Christ's sufferings and death.He died for our sins. His cross not only saved us, but calls us to bear our cross following Him in Christian obedience.
Created for glory. We were created for the grace and the shalom of God. But because of sin we seek the glory of creation and not of the Creator. Christ the Messiah came to restore us into fellowship with God and gave us back the glory and the shalom of God.
Great delusion. The blindness of religious men, who know not their spiritual state, not the salvation of God. Legalistic religious men believe they are better spiritually than they are. A false Gospel delude people to think they are more righteous than they really are. A false Gospel shows not your sin as it is in the sight of God.
Great danger. Danger of legalism, externalism, of moralism. The people who do that ignore the state of their heart. They do not concentrate on the state of their heart, but on external things. They do not search their hearts, but concentrate on criticizing others.
Great danger. The danger and ugliness of pride, of considering ourselves higher than others. We are accepted by grace, but we can consider ourselves higher that others: God must take us this pride.
Wise God. Great lessons: God is leading our lives in such a way as to use us for His glory, at the same time showing us our weakness, so to be evident that the power is His. Gideon was not qualified for that ministry, but God chose him and equipped and taught him: He will do the same with us. I liked especially the idea that, when we play with sin, God is not forsaking us, but disciplining us in order to turn us to Himself. Severe discipline is not sign of abandonment, but of love and care.
Second Adam. Christ, the second Adam, won the victory over Satan. Temptation did not make Him fall as Adam did. Christ was faithful in the wilderness, where the people of Israel failed. In Christ we have forgiveness and the power to resist temptation.
Lesson in humility. Jesus condemns the unhealthy ambition of the disciples. They didn't realize that they do not merit those exalted places. We do not merit heaven. Our sole ambition is to do the will of God as Christ did it.
Great mistake. The power of the Creator can mend this broken world. But how sad that those people were asking from the Son of God only physical healing, and not forgiveness and salvation! I saw my weakness also here: how many times I am in God's presence and I ask for little things, not glorifying Him by asking great things!
Real Jesus. I really needed this message. It is true: there are times when we want Jesus to be our servant, to fulfill our wishes and our dreams. But He is the Lord and He has His own plans with us, spiritual and more wise and glorious. We must be confronted by the real Jesus and His claims!