Matthew 4:24—5:10, The Promised Land

The Theme

[February 2, 2014] Today Jesus begins the Sermon on the Mount, which is the first of five long discourses that Jesus gives in the Gospel according to Matthew. The Sermon on the Mount describes the Promised Land, which is Jesus himself in his relationship with the Father and the sphere of . . . → Read More: Matthew 4:24—5:10, The Promised Land

Matthew 4:18—5:16, Discipleship and Beatitude

What Blessedness Is

[January 22, 2012] What does the word “Blessed” mean?

If we take it out of its Biblical context, which is what a lot of modern translations and preachers do, the word can simply mean “happy.” But poverty, being mournful, and hungering and thirsting, and having people say . . . → Read More: Matthew 4:18—5:16, Discipleship and Beatitude

John 13:1-20, Crossing into the Promised Land

[October 30, 2011] The story of the gathering in Bethany and Mary’s anointing of Jesus was the end of the horizontal beam of the Gospel according to John’s cruciform pattern. The vertical beam resumed its ascension with Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem in chapter 12. Chapters 13—17 form a unit, the culminating teaching moment . . . → Read More: John 13:1-20, Crossing into the Promised Land

John 7:25-39, Tabernacles and Rivers of Living Water

[August 21, 2011] We continue where we left off last week. As we said then, the key to chapters 7—10, which is one continuous passage, is the meaning of the Feast of Tabernacles (Succoth). The later part of chapter 10 takes place during the Feast of Dedication (Hanukah) which follows two months later. . . . → Read More: John 7:25-39, Tabernacles and Rivers of Living Water

John 7:1-24, Tabernacles and the Hiddenness of Christ

[August 14, 2011] The key to the passage that lies before us and the section that it introduces, namely chapters 7—10, is the meaning of the Feast of Tabernacles (Succoth), and the Feast of Dedication (Hanukah) that follows two months later (which we will leave aside for now). The Passover was significant when . . . → Read More: John 7:1-24, Tabernacles and the Hiddenness of Christ

John 5:1-30, Authority to Give Life to the Dead

[July 10, 2011] In today’s reading the Gospel according to John leaves the Cana sequence behind and Jesus returns to Judea where His own do not receive Him, for “a prophet has no honor in his own country” (John 1:11; 4:43-44). He goes to Jerusalem for a feast (the Byzantine text reads, “the . . . → Read More: John 5:1-30, Authority to Give Life to the Dead