Sermons on Matthew
Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the governor’s headquarters, and they gathered the whole battalion before him. And they stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, and twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on his head and put a reed in his right hand. And kneeling before him, they mocked him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” And they spit on him and took the reed and struck him on the head. 31 And when…
God’s almighty power was on display in the resurrection of Jesus “… [Jesus] was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead” (Romans 1:14). Jesus openly foretold His death and resurrection (6 times in the gospel of Matthew), proving His unchanging reliability. The resurrection validates the public crucifixion that was planned by God to atone for our sin. Christ’s victory is total, and His forgiveness is available to all.
Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not…
Why is baptism important? Baptism is a command of Jesus, an essential part of His great commission to the disciples in Matthew 28:18-10 (above). It is also a visible picture of our faith in the triune God (Matthew 28:19), of our salvation experience (Romans 6:3-4), and of our desire to live faithfully for Christ. Finally, baptism is an act of worship (Acts 8:36-39).
The resurrection is evidence that God accepted the sacrifice of Jesus as explained in 1 Corinthians 15:17. If Christ did not rise, our faith is worthless and we are still in a state of unforgiveness, answerable to the holy God for our sin. “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. (1 Peter 1:3)” This hope is freely available to all who believe. Let us worship the risen Jesus!
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, however, sought for Jesus, listened to what the Scriptures told about Him, and joyfully offered Him their gifts and their worship. Let us cast aside our hostility and indifference toward Christ the Savior and do the same.
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. We are to receive our daily necessities with gratitude and use them in service to Him. In addition to daily provision, we also should seek daily pardon. Even though there is ultimately no condemnation for those who have received grace, we still sin and need to restore fellowship with God and show grace to others.
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).
Your heart is your inner being, the true you. A divided heart is undecided in its true loyalty. May we live more and more to please God, with commitment to purity in our moral choices flowing out of our devotion to God.
Showing mercy is having compassion that moves us to action. It’s not a random, occasional impulse at our own convenience, but a self-sacrificing lifestyle in which we act in kindness and provide/speak/encourage forgiveness toward others.
Jesus, the King of glory and grace, willingly submitted to suffer and die so that we could be reconciled to God. Matthew 27:27-31 details the intense physical and verbal abuse that Christ received from the soldiers as He was scourged and mocked before His crucifixion, fulfilling each part of the Messianic prophecies in Isaiah. Someday even these callous soldiers will bow and confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. Let us acknowledge His kingship now and grant Him control of every area of our lives.
Righteousness is not to be an optional spiritual luxury. We should pray and ask God to increase our deep craving for God Himself and the One who is of supreme importance to us and for holiness as a lifestyle. Every follower of Jesus should increasingly pursue righteousness, with the result being true satisfaction.
2016 has been a year that many of us wish could be “reset” and started over. We surely need the Light of the World, Jesus. The years between the end of the Old Testament and the birth of Christ were also a very dark and violent period in history. When Christ arrived, his message was, “Repent, for the kingdom of Heaven is near.” Hope for our world can only come through Christ’s transformation of individual hearts and lives. Now when…
From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, “Far be it from you, Lord! This shall never happen to you.” But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me. For you are…
Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Matthew 5:5 (ESV) Meekness has been described as “sweet reasonableness,” a spirit of humility, gentleness, and forgiveness. Jesus, our example, is the mighty Lord, full of courage and zeal, but He also displayed kindness, courtesy, and patience. Meekness allows us to avoid abusiveness in our speech, helps us refuse to hold grudges, and allows us to hear the reproof and correction that we need.
Mourning is taking the reality of our sin seriously. While the Scriptures teach that Jesus followers are filled with the joy that is the result of God’s grace, we are also to weep over sin in the world, over sin in the church, and especially over our own personal sins. Don’t laugh at sin, ignore it, or excuse it. Admitting our sin leads to the comfort of Christ and great blessing. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be…
God looks with favor on those who are poor in spirit. We become part of heaven only when we view ourselves as totally bankrupt spiritually before a holy God and cry out of His mercy. We are to continue to be poor in spirit through all of our lives, not rationalizing our behavior, but remaining humble before God and humble with one another.