[January 11, 2015] Having celebrated “the Epiphany” (manifestation) of Jesus to the gentiles—of which we will be reminded again by the prophecy of Simeon when we celebrate his presentation in the Temple on February 2—this morning we begin the Season of Epiphany, that moves from the manifestation of Jesus at his baptism in . . . → Read More: Mark, 1:4-11, Christ’s Baptism, Christian Baptism
[January 19, 2014] Today’s gospel reading begins with the testimony of John the Baptist to Jesus, and ends with Jesus giving Simon the Arabic name Cephas, or Peter in Greek. So what’s going on here? And what does it have to do with us? “Come and see!” Jesus says. The Witness of John (John 1:19-28) . . . → Read More: John 1:29-42, The Lamb, the Dove, and the Rock (a sermon)
[January 12, 2014] The Christmas season ended last Sunday and Epiphany began the following day. The first Sunday of Epiphany is when we remember the baptism of Jesus. Jesus’ life is marked by some key events: his conception and birth, his baptism, his transfiguration, and his death, resurrection and ascension. (His transfiguration, though, is not . . . → Read More: Matthew 3:13-17, The Baptism of Jesus
The Lord’s Supper
[January 22, 2012] When we come to the Lord’s Table, our Lord tells us to remember Him. For those who saw Jesus with their own eyes, “remembering” meant to recall Him to their minds, to cherish Him in their hearts, and to honor Him with their intentions, words and . . . → Read More: Matthew 4:18—5:16, Discipleship and Beatitude (additional notes)
What Blessedness Is
[January 22, 2012] What does the word “Blessed” mean?
If we take it out of its Biblical context, which is what a lot of modern translations and preachers do, the word can simply mean “happy.” But poverty, being mournful, and hungering and thirsting, and having people say . . . → Read More: Matthew 4:18—5:16, Discipleship and Beatitude
The Baptism of Jesus (Matthew 3:13-17)
[January 15, 2012] Last Sunday we discussed the meaning of the Lord’s baptism. By being baptized by John unto repentance, Jesus made a decision to renounce and deny and lay down His sinless and holy and perfect soul in loving submission to God’s will and judgment . . . → Read More: Matthew 4:1-17, Jesus Binds the Strong Man
[January 8, 2012] Please see the message, The Baptism of Our Lord, that I preached on January 13, 2008.
The Message of John (Matthew 3:1-17)
John preached a baptism of repentance and proclaimed the Coming One. He appeared dressed like the prophet Elijah and, like this figure, he pronounced the . . . → Read More: Matthew 3:1-17, The Baptism of Jesus, What It Means
[January 9, 2011] Today we consider the baptism of our Lord from the point of view of the Gospel according to John. We will, however, be guided by the gospel itself rather than the particular interest that we bring to it. The passage we are considering is the beginning of the narrative in . . . → Read More: John 1:19-34, The Lamb and the Dove
[January 10, 2010] I explained earlier (on the First Sunday of Advent) that what we call the Gospel according to Mark is essentially the words of the apostle Peter as he sought to validate the Gospel scrolls of Matthew and Luke, retelling the story of Jesus which he had in front of him . . . → Read More: Mark 1:1-15, The Beginning of the Gospel (part 2)
[January 13, 2008] Today we will consider the baptism of our Lord and what it has to do with us. Try to imagine this scene as if you were there. Imagine what John was feeling, what Jesus was feeling.
John the Baptist was moving along the Jordan River preaching repentance. He . . . → Read More: Matthew 3:13-17, The Baptism of Our Lord