“At that time, the Son of Man will be handed over to be crucified” (Matthew 26:2). Jesus was not taken by surprise. He knew what He was letting Himself in for. He knew why He had come to earth. He knew what He had come to do. He knew the purpose of His life. “You […]Read More Jesus’ Death For Us – The Good News Of God’s Love
“All of this happened so that what the prophets have written would come true” (Matthew 26:56). “The Son of Man will be coming on the clouds of heaven” (Matthew 26:64). Here, we have looking back to what came before and looking forward to what lies ahead. If we are to avoid becoming like Peter, who […]Read More Looking back, looking forward, looking to Jesus
In Matthew 26:14-35, we read about Judas, Peter and Jesus. Judas betrayed Jesus – but Jesus knew all about it before it happened. Jesus knew what was going on behind the scenes with Judas. Peter denied Jesus. Again, Jesus knew that this was going to happen. Between Jesus’ identification of Judas and Peter as the […]Read More Judas, Peter and Jesus
Jesus’ words, known as “the Sermon on the Mount” (Matthew 5-7), need to be taken as a whole. We’re not to pick out the bits that we like, and ignore the bits that we don’t like so much. We’re not to come, looking for “comfort” (Matthew 5:4), if we’re not also seeking for “righteousness” (Matthew […]Read More All Of God’s Word – Not Just Some Of It!
From the beginning of his ministry, “Jesus went about … preaching the gospel of the kingdom” (Matthew 4:23). The message of Jesus could be summed up in this way: “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 4:17). Jesus’ message was good news. This is what the word, ‘gospel’ means – good news. […]Read More The Kingdom of God: Matthew’s Gospel
The wise men did want to worship Jesus (Matthew 2:2). Herod said that he wanted to worship Jesus (Matthew 2:8). What a difference there is between saying that we want to worship Jesus and really wanting to worship Him. This highlights the conflict between false religion and true worship. Religion may say the right things, […]Read More Let Us Worship Jesus.
“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light” (Isaiah 9:2). The prophecy has been spoken – ‘To us a Child is born, to us a Son is given…’. The prophecy has been fulfilled – ‘Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you: He is Christ the Lord’. […]Read More Third Sunday in Ordinary Time: Isaiah 8:23-9:3; 1 Corinthians 1:10-13,17; Matthew 4:12-23