God with Us, In His Timing

Galatians 4:4-5 Intro—this is a beautiful passage in the middle of Paul’s great treatise (research paper?) on Christian freedom.   It’s his Christmas passage:  Jesus was born to a woman—he was human.  Born under the law to redeem those under the law—he did what we can’t.  He obeyed the law perfectly.  And more than that, previously…

Jesus’ Words Ring True

Matthew 26:69-75 The Bible isn’t about you and the gospels aren’t really focused on the disciples, but we read it that way all the time.  There are definitely lessons to be learned;  for instance, two weeks ago we looked at different sins that may keep us from following our Lord Jesus. But the central idea…

Standing Firm, part 2

Matthew 26:47-68 John 1:5  the light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.  It’s true, we know it’s true, but at this point in Jesus’ earthly life it’s looking pretty dark. Where is the light in our passage? The central truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ The light he trusts…

Standing Firm, part 1

Matthew 26:47-68 Introduction:  like all the passages in scripture, this one has a main point and has several subsidiary  points too.  All of them can be understood and applied to our lives as Christians.  There are two big points—meta-points if you will here: Jesus never lost sight of who he was or that he was…

Our Humble Savior

Matthew 26:47-56 Introduction:  There’s a fine line between humility and false humility.  Moses is called the most humble man to have ever walked the earth. (Num. 12:3) False humility:  Ahaz in Isaiah 7 Moses was the most humble man to walk the earth—until Jesus. As it concerns us in this passage, Jesus humbled himself before…

The Unanswered Prayer

Matthew 26:36-46 Introduction:  Any Star Wars geeks?  But in that first movie—Star Wars, A New Hope—when we meet the characters we would grow to love:  Luke, Leia, Han, and Obi Wan Kenobi (Old Ben).  Don’t base your spirituality on George Lucas’ New Age mysticism, but we can see a principle at play—there’s a bigger vision…

He Gives Us Himself

Matthew 26:26-35 Introduction:  in the story of Jesus’ life, we’re at a big moment It’s also a big moment in the story of the Bible  At this meal Jesus focused on three things:  1.  Fulfillment; 2.  His Sacrifice;  3.  The Purpose And he ended that first Lord’s Supper with a promise, “tell you I will…

The Dreaded Cup

Matthew 26:36-46 Introduction:  last week I mentioned in one point that Jesus is our representative The setting:  Gethsemane was on the Mt. of Olives.  Gethsemane is a Hebrew word that means “oil press”—it was where the olives were taken to be pressed into oil And it’s where Jesus chose to make the most intense prayer…

Denying Jesus

Matthew 26:30-35 Introduction: Before we consider the disciples’ denying Jesus, I think it’s particularly important that we notice the end of v. 32 ,  “but after I am raised up I will go before you to Galilee.” Today we’re reminded that Jesus is our strength, turn to him, you might deny him, in fact you…