Lowest Common Denominator

Matthew 26:14-25 Introduction:  Looking at this again:  seeing the main points here instead of the secondary (important-but secondary() point we looked at last week Particularly focusing on the events and the two main characters here:  Jesus and Judas. On Jesus’ part: On Judas part: The Narrative:  the setup (Judas plots to betray Jesus); the story.…

The Betrayer

Matthew 26:14-16 (Sorry there’s no video for this sermon, the battery in the camera died) Introduction:  I’ve never met anyone named Judas.  Have you? It has every negative connotation of a bad person associated with it Not just any ol’ Betrayer either—Judas Iscariot is the man who betrayed Jesus of Nazareth, he is the. Single.…

Helplessness

Matthew 26:17-25 Introduction:  raise your hand if you think you’re God. That’s good…no one raised their hand Just one example—Genesis 4 It’s the same here in our passage Today:  Helplessness—why being helpless is a good thing.   1.  God’s in Control;  2. Our Response to God’s Control;  3.  Helplessness leads to Humility Do you feel helpless? …

For Love of the Savior Matthew 26:6-13

It appears that during the passion week Jesus probably spent his evenings and nights in Bethany There are so many reasons to love your Savior above all else, and God gives us ways to increase our love, not least of all, communion with Him.  Will you commune with God, give thanks for the suffering of…

Humiliation Matthew 26:1-16

today we begin with everybody’s favorite topic:  literary structure!  (is it just mine?)  Matthew 26:1-16 is bracketed by two similar items:  at the beginning you see Jewish leaders plotting Jesus’ death and at the end you see Judas plotting to betray Jesus to those Jewish leaders In between there’s the story of Mary (Lazarus and…

Of Sheep and Goats Matthew 25:31-46

Are you a sheep or a goat? NT scholar RT France said about this passage, “The theme of judgment which has run through chs. 23–25 here reaches its superb climax.” [1] Reminds me of:  Miss Beulah and Miss Doris old ladies best friends since childhood It could be this why we say right handed and…

Spheres of Responsibility Matthew 25:14-30

“Be diligent in the work God has given you and free from the work he has not” *There was a technical snafu yesterday and only part of the preaching was recorded, so there’s no video available with this sermon Intro: “Well done, good and faithful servant”—isn’t that what we all want to hear when we…

Wisely Plodding Along Matthew 25:1-13

Christmas in July!  This parable is about Jesus’ second advent—the big one… The Parable of the Ten Virgins—the bridesmaids Jesus uses a familiar scene, a wedding, to illustrate the overall point—“At some point it will be too late” There are some pretty obvious symbols in this parable: The parable itself is about the bridesmaids waiting…

Be Ready Matthew 24:36-51

Introduction:  remember Joseph? Not Jesus’ dad, but Jacob’s favorite son In our passage, Jesus gives us an insight into his humanity, description of the final day of his coming, a call to be ready for that day, and a warning about what will happen for those who aren’t ready. Jesus’ humanity:  v. 36—not even the…

More Sure than Creation Itself

Matthew 24:32-35 Introduction:  fig tree in 21:18-19  In the morning, as Jesus was returning to the city, he became hungry. And seeing a fig tree by the wayside, he went to it and found nothing on it but only leaves. And he said to it, “May no fruit ever come from you again!” And the…