Mark 1:21-28, Resistance Broken Down

[February 1, 2015] This morning’s Gospel text is about Jesus casting a demon out of a man who interrupted him while he was teaching at the local synagogue in Capernaum, a lakeside town of Galilee. Today I want to examine how this fits into the beginning of Mark’s gospel and interpret it from . . . → Read More: Mark 1:21-28, Resistance Broken Down

Matthew 2:1-12, The Messiah of Israel Sought by Gentiles

[January 4, 2015] The Christian celebration of Epiphany is January 6, but since next Sunday is the Baptism of Jesus and we do not have an opportunity to come together on Tuesday, we celebrate the epiphany (or manifestation) of Jesus to the gentiles today. This is offered as an option in the church’s shared lectionary . . . → Read More: Matthew 2:1-12, The Messiah of Israel Sought by Gentiles

Matthew 25:31-46, The Judgment of the Gentiles

[November 23, 2014] Today is Christ the King Sunday, the last Sunday of the church’s calendar year before Advent begins. The text is another parable about Christ coming in judgment and follows the two parables from the two previous Sundays. Only there is a marked difference.

In the previous two parables, . . . → Read More: Matthew 25:31-46, The Judgment of the Gentiles

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 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 14:22—15:20, The Controversy with the Zealous

[August 12, 2012] Last time we considered the introductory narrative cycle that leads up to Jesus’ teaching on the church in the light of the kingdom. Who is Jesus’ mother and siblings, His home? It is not those whose familiarity with Him does not include spiritual insight into His Person. It is . . . → Read More: Matthew 14:22—15:20, The Controversy with the Zealous

Matthew 14:22—15:20, The Church’s Journey

[September 28, 2008] Last Sunday we began a new section of Matthew. This section is about who Jesus is, and ends with Peter confessing Jesus to be the Messiah and the Son of God and Jesus revealing (1) the church that He will build on this foundation, (2) His death and resurrection . . . → Read More: Matthew 14:22—15:20, The Church’s Journey

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