Matthew 4:12-23, The Beginning of Jesus’ Proclamation

[January 26, 2013] Today’s Gospel reading spans the end of the beginning of Matthew’s gospel and the beginning of the five discipleship sections, with verse 17 being the pivot on which they turn, that single verse ending the one and beginning—indeed, as a thesis practically entitling—the following. “From then onwards Jesus began . . . → Read More: Matthew 4:12-23, The Beginning of Jesus’ Proclamation

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 15:21-38, The Master of the Feast

[August 19, 2012] After the series of parables that Jesus told in Matthew 13, Jesus went home to Nazareth where He was poorly received and got word of the death of John the Baptist. When He sought to withdraw, thousands of people followed Him and He healed their sick and miraculously fed . . . → Read More: Matthew 15:21-38, The Master of the Feast

Matthew 15:21-38, Jesus Our Satisfaction

[October 5, 2008] As believers in Christ, Christ Himself calls us together to remember Him. We remember Him by hearing the Gospel. When we really give the Gospel our open, trusting and attentive hearing, then the Holy Spirit within us testifies of Christ (John 15:26; 14:26) and becomes the reality of Christ . . . → Read More: Matthew 15:21-38, Jesus Our Satisfaction

Matthew 21:1-22, Jesus Comes to Jerusalem

The Royal Procession into the City (Matthew 21:1-11)

[April 1, 2012] For this meditation, I will assume many of the details brought out in my earlier post in 2008, “Jesus’ Entry into the City of God.” It is in the year 30 CE, on the tenth day of the Jewish month of . . . → Read More: Matthew 21:1-22, Jesus Comes to Jerusalem

John 4:43-54, The Restoration of Life through the Word

[July 3, 2011] We leave behind the Lord’s Supper for now (we will pick up chapters 13 and 17 during the four weeks preceding Advent) and return to where we left off in the earlier part of the gospel. The Gospel according to John, we have noticed, has the form of a cross. . . . → Read More: John 4:43-54, The Restoration of Life through the Word