Matthew 17:14-27, “The Sons Are Free”

[March 30, 2008] Unlike the sayings in a book of quotations, in order to understand what is in the gospels, context is everything. The words of the Bible are like parts of a living organism. If we separate them from the whole organism, we kill them. That does not mean we need . . . → Read More: Matthew 17:14-27, “The Sons Are Free”

Matthew 15:39—16:20, The Revelation of Christ and the Church

The Climax of Matthew

[October 12, 2008] In this passage, Matthew 15:39-16:20, we reach the climax of the Gospel accord­ing to Matthew. It is like the peak of the mountain. Everything before this leads up to it and everything after flows down from it. From the time when Jesus first presented Himself to . . . → Read More: Matthew 15:39—16:20, The Revelation of Christ and the Church

Matthew 13:54—14:21, The Messiah’s New People

[August 5, 2012] After Jesus’ “sermon” of the seven parables, a new section of Matthew’s gospel begins. This section, in my view, extends from 13:54 to 20:34 and is about the church, or as we shall see as it fully develops, the church in the light of the kingdom of the heavens. . . . → Read More: Matthew 13:54—14:21, The Messiah’s New People

Matthew 13:36-53, Attaining the Kingdom

Review

[July 29, 2012] When Jesus began His sermon of parables, it was at a time when the opposition to His ministry from a contingent of Pharisees and His own frustration with the crowds was most acute. With His disciples gathered around Him in a house, He declared that they . . . → Read More: Matthew 13:36-53, Attaining the Kingdom

Matthew 13:36-53, The Reality of the Kingdom

Indoor Parables (Matthew 13:36a)

[September 17, 2008] Today we continue the parables of Jesus in Matthew 13. Matthew, the gospel writer, has organized his material very carefully into themes. You recall that the beginning of Matthew’s gospel presents Jesus as the Kingdom of the Heavens in His own person, who invites people . . . → Read More: Matthew 13:36-53, The Reality of the Kingdom

John 11:1-21, The Unexpected Basis of the Little Flock

[October 9, 2011] Today we come to the story of the raising of Lazarus just two miles from the gates of Jerusalem. It is the crowning sign before the Lord’s “hour” has come, demonstrating the life-giving power of His word, signifying and signaling His own resurrection, and becoming grounds for the enmity of . . . → Read More: John 11:1-21, The Unexpected Basis of the Little Flock

Matthew 13:54—14:21, The Grace of God in Christ

[September 21, 2008] In the Gospels we remember Jesus through the eyes of others, others who saw and heard and touched Him, and because of the Holy Spirit, when we do this He becomes present to us. When we partake of the Lord’s Supper in remembrance of Him, He is present both in . . . → Read More: Matthew 13:54—14:21, The Grace of God in Christ