Matthew 28:16-20, Faith in the Triune God

[June 15, 2014] Today being Trinity Sunday, I want to focus on one clause in the so-called Great Commission. Matthew’s entire gospel was designed to come to a head at this particular point. From these words we can see what Matthew was up to all along: he was providing a basis and instruction . . . → Read More: Matthew 28:16-20, Faith in the Triune God

John 20:19-31, Receive the Holy Spirit

[April 27, 2014] At the heart of this passage, which takes place on the evening of Easter Day, Jesus breathes into his disciples and says, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” It is the fulfillment of everything for which the Gospel according to John has been preparing us. John’s gospel (written decades after Matthew and . . . → Read More: John 20:19-31, Receive the Holy Spirit

Luke 24:36-53, The Easter Ascension and Commission

[May 12, 2013] Today, being the Sunday after the Ascension, we read the end of the Gospel according to Luke which both concludes Luke’s gospel and anticipates his Acts of the Apostles. At this point in Luke’s resurrection account Jesus has only appeared to Peter and the two people on the road . . . → Read More: Luke 24:36-53, The Easter Ascension and Commission

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

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