Matthew

Jesus’ Final Command Matthew 28:16-20

Matthew 28:16-20 Matthew begins and ends Jesus’ earthly ministry in Galilee.  Or “Galilee of the Gentiles” as it says in Matthew 4:15 “The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles— the people dwelling in darkness have seen a great light, and for…

The Resurrection and You Matthew 28:1-10

Matthew 28:1-10 Intro:  Last week we looked at this passage to how Matthew encourages us to believe by comparing the faithful Marys along with Joseph of Arimathea with the faithless priests and pharisees. Today I’m taking us back into the resurrection so we can consider what does it do for us, besides just prove that…

Boldly Devoted Matthew 27:57-28:15

Matthew 27:57-28:15 Intro:  Sometimes when we’re watching a movie, the director tells his story by focusing on two different groups of people in two different scenes.  Matthew does something similar here.  He uses two separate groups to tell the same story: The  vignettes Boldly apply yourself to following Jesus, boldly share your savior with the…

Your Clean, New Heart Matthew 27:32-44

Matthew 27:32-44 The world is full of injustice.  It’s a common theme of life and it’s a common through scripture Not only is Jesus absolutely sinless, but one of the reasons for putting him to death is just plain wrong.  Look at v. 40 “you who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three…

Gospel Judgment Matthew 27:11-26

Matthew 27:11-26 Introduction:  “If the glove doesn’t fit, you must acquit”—Johnny Cochrane famously said in OJ’s trial for killing his wife Nicole Brown Simpson and his friend Ron Goldman.  Of course, OJ was guilty—everyone knew it—but really good lawyering got him acquitted—partly because the glove didn’t appear to fit. My point is this: there’s injustice…

Just As God Planned It Matthew 27:1-10

Matthew 27:1-10 The gospel message isn’t to see Jesus as the ultimate example of suffering and death so that we learn not to complain or lament our own suffering. The gospel is to see Jesus’ trials and his struggles, his suffering and his death end in God’s glorious purpose of redemption, restoration, and healing All…

Jesus’ Words Ring True Matthew 26:68-75

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

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

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

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…