Sermons on Matthew
The second chapter of Matthew traces the steps of the magi as they bow at the feet of Jesus. The cruel tyrant, Herod, refused to bow due to hostility toward anyone who might threaten his rule. The chief priests and scribes knew the prophesies about the promised birth of the Messiah but were indifferent and did not pursue the Christ or bow before Him. The Wise Men,…
When we neglect to pray against sin and for holiness, we will give in to temptation.We must recognize that we are in danger from our strong, relentless enemy. Thankfully, God is powerful enough to help us and loving enough to deliver us from evil. Let us look to Him in prayer for triumph over sin.
Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven God’s sovereign will, His ultimate plan, will always prevail, but His moral will can be rejected. This petition calls us to obedience and conformity to God’s will, similar to the swift, faithful, joyful obedience of the angels. Give us this day our daily bread. This is a petition that acknowledges our dependance upon God.…
The infinitely glorious God of the universe, through grace, allows us to be His adopted children who may address Him intimately as “Father.” We hallow God’s name when we honor Him as the holy one revealed in the Scriptures. His kingdom comes not only in the future at Christ’s return, but now as God rules over creation, history, and in the hearts of those He redeems.
In Matthew 5:10-12, Jesus concludes the Beatitudes by plainly stating that those who seek righteousness will be reviled, attacked, and falsely accused. When we openly love and follow Christ, and when we affirm that Christ is the one way to the Father, the world will oppose us.
Peacemakers reflect the character of the triune God and are agents of reconciliation wherever they go. Christ accomplished the greatest act of reconciliation when his death on the cross brought us justification and peace with God. We are to implore unbelievers to seek this peace (2 Corinthians 5:19). We also must pursue peace with fellow believers (Proverbs 6:16-19).