[December 1, 2013] Today is the First Sunday of Advent and the beginning of the church year. Advent means “coming,” referring to the coming of the Lord. It is a season, lasting from now until Christmas (Christmas begins another season). During Advent there are four Sundays, each with a different emphasis. On . . . → Read More: Matthew 24:36-44, The Lord Is Coming!
[May 6, 2012] Jesus comes down from the mountain—which in Matthew’s gospel has associations with Sinai (and spiritual revelation)—and returns to the people of Israel, and they follow Him. Here begins the next “discipleship manual” in the gospel, in each of which Matthew presents a narrative followed by a teaching. This section, . . . → Read More: Matthew 8:2-17, Dispensations of Salvation
[March 18, 2012] After offering Himself to the Father as a holocaust for our sins in the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus was betrayed, arrested and abandoned, then bullied by the stewards of God’s people (the chief priests and elders), denied by His disciple, and handed over to the Gentiles, that is, the . . . → Read More: Matthew 27:27-44, Jesus Suffers at the Hands of Men
[December 18, 2011] We come to the last of the parables of the Lord’s judgment when He comes, the well-known parable of separating the sheep from the goats. I cannot think of a more commonly misunderstood parable. In 24:29-31 Jesus speaks of the turning and gathering of the tribes of Israel from the . . . → Read More: Matthew 25:31-46, The Judgment of the Gentiles
[December 11, 2011] Last Sunday we picked up on Jesus’ teaching after He pronounced judgment on the City of David that refused Him, the Temple and the Judaism of the Second Temple. In chapter 24 He spoke to “these things” and the sign of His coming and the consummation of the age. After . . . → Read More: Matthew 25:1-30, The Believer’s Accountability and the Coming Again of Our Lord Jesus
[October 31, 2010] We come now to that exciting subject, the coming of the Son of Man. What are we to make of it? The title, “Son of Man,” comes from Daniel 7:13 and names Him who will overcome the world and establish the kingdom of God. In Daniel He is an awesome . . . → Read More: Mark 13:24-37, Stay Awake and Be Alert!