Luke 24:13-35, On the Road to Emmaus

[May 4, 2014] This Sunday the Gospel text is from the resurrection account of Luke: of when Jesus caught up with two people walking on the road from Jerusalem to Emmaus and kept his identity veiled from them until, invited to their dwelling, he broke the bread at the meal and offered the . . . → Read More: Luke 24:13-35, On the Road to Emmaus

Luke 24:13-35, On the Road to Emmaus

[April 7, 2013] In Luke’s account of the resurrection, a group of women discovered the empty tomb early in the morning when they had arrived to prepare the body and were met by two men—messengers—in dazzling clothing who told them that Jesus had risen, and to remember that Jesus had told them . . . → Read More: Luke 24:13-35, On the Road to Emmaus

Luke 23:56b—24:12, Resurrection of the Sent One

[March 31, 2013] Easter Sunday. Luke’s account of Jesus’ death is noticeably different than that of Matthew, Mark and John. When they were crucifying Him, Jesus prays, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” There is that exchange between the two men who were crucified with Him . . . → Read More: Luke 23:56b—24:12, Resurrection of the Sent One

Matthew 28:2-20, The Beginning

Recapitulation and Fulfillment

[April 8, 2012] Today we come to the last chapter of the Gospel according to Matthew. It is the conclusion not only of the passion account that began in chapter 26 but of the entire gospel. In no way is it an appendix. It is momentous; it is that . . . → Read More: Matthew 28:2-20, The Beginning

Introduction to the Gospel according to Matthew

[December 4, 2011] The Second Sunday of Advent. Last Sunday began another year according to the calendar of the church. The calendar is a convention that has grown over the centuries. The early church celebrated Easter. We know this because they disagreed over when to celebrate it. That does not mean, however, that . . . → Read More: Introduction to the Gospel according to Matthew

John 14:21-31, The Abode of Peace

[May 29, 2011] Today we continue where we left off in chapter 14. Last time we saw that it was clear that Jesus was not talking about His going away for the duration of the church age and coming again at His Second Advent; rather, He was clearly talking about His going away . . . → Read More: John 14:21-31, The Abode of Peace

John 14:1-20, Our Abode in the Father’s House

[May 22, 2011] Today let us turn to Jesus’ speech to His disciples during the Last Supper. We’ll pick up after He washes His disciples’ feet and gives them the new commandment of love. This speech takes the place of the Last Supper meal, which, like baptism, is supposed and alluded to in . . . → Read More: John 14:1-20, Our Abode in the Father’s House

John 21:15-25, The Lord’s Life Active in the Church

[May 15, 2011] We come now to the end of the Gospel according to John. The gospel began with the coming of God—the Word of God—into the world, incarnate in Jesus Christ, presenting Himself to the world as God’s own life, eternal life. As Jesus went through the process of death and resurrection, . . . → Read More: John 21:15-25, The Lord’s Life Active in the Church

John 21:1-14, The Expansion of the Lord’s Life

[May 8, 2011] Last Sunday we saw that the resurrected Jesus has become the indwelling Spirit for His believers. When He breathed into the disciples the Holy Spirit, He breathed Himself into them. He now dwells in them. (The Son and the Holy Spirit are distinct “Persons” in the Trinity but Each Person . . . → Read More: John 21:1-14, The Expansion of the Lord’s Life

John 20:19-31, The Beginning of Our Corporate Life

[May 1, 2011] Last Sunday, we saw how the Gospel according to John depicts Christ’s bodily resurrection as the birth, from the womb of the earth, of the new creation. His body (His human nature) had become transformed. The veil (of Adam’s sweat-cloth) has been removed and He has become bodily transparent to . . . → Read More: John 20:19-31, The Beginning of Our Corporate Life