Category Archives: Matthew

February 15, 2015

The Disciples’ Question

After the rich young ruler demonstrates that his love for his possessions is greater than his love for the Lord, Peter asks a vital question: “Behold, we have left everything and followed You; what then will there be for us?” What does it mean to have treasure in heaven? Are those sacrificially faithful to Christ rewarded?

Matthew 19:27-30 – “Then Peter said to Him, “Behold, we have left everything and followed You; what then will there be for us?” And Jesus said to them, “Truly I say to you, that you who have followed Me, in the regeneration when the Son of Man will sit on His glorious throne, you also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or farms for My name’s sake, will receive many times as much, and will inherit eternal life. But many who are first will be last; and the last, first.”

February 8, 2015

Jesus and the Rich Young Ruler

In Matthew’s gospel we come to the conversation of Jesus with a young man who asked Him an all important question: “What good thing shall I do that I may obtain eternal life?” Jesus unexpected response is designed to show him his error and the true way to eternal life.

Matthew 19:16-30 – “And someone came to Him and said, “Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may obtain eternal life?” And He said to him, “Why are you asking Me about what is good? There is only One who is good; but if you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments.” Then he *said to Him, “Which ones?” And Jesus said, “You shall not commit murder; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness; Honor your father and mother; and You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” The young man *said to Him, “All these things I have kept; what am I still lacking?” Jesus said to him, “If you wish to be complete, go and sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” But when the young man heard this statement, he went away grieving; for he was one who owned much property.

And Jesus said to His disciples, “Truly I say to you, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” When the disciples heard this, they were very astonished and said, “Then who can be saved?” And looking at them Jesus said to them, “With people this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.””

February 1, 2015

The Place of Children In Worship & Ministry

This incident marks one of the few times recorded in the Bible where Jesus becomes angry. Some parents had brought their children to Jesus so that He might place his hands on them and pray for them. Jesus disciples interfered, rebuking the parents. But, Jesus rebuked His disciples. This brief but important passage teaches us much about the nature of salvation and the importance of children in the kingdom of God.

Matthew 19:13-15 – “Then some children were brought to Him so that He might lay His hands on them and pray; and the disciples rebuked them. But Jesus said, “Let the children alone, and do not hinder them from coming to Me; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” After laying His hands on them, He departed from there.”

November 30, 2014

The True Nature of Sin

Some of the most helpful passages of Scripture are the ones that we often avoid. Passages that correct our thinking, that define a reality that we are loath to see, are the most helpful in helping us change into the image of Christ. It is to such a passage that we come today in Matthew 18: 6-9. Using short powerful descriptions, Jesus dispels our illusions about the nature of sin, by showing us that the eternal weight of sin is far more horrible than we realize.

Matthew 18:6-10 – “And whoever receives one such child in My name receives Me; but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea. “Woe to the world because of its stumbling blocks! For it is inevitable that stumbling blocks come; but woe to that man through whom the stumbling block comes! “If your hand or your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it from you; it is better for you to enter life crippled or lame, than to have two hands or two feet and be cast into the eternal fire. If your eye causes you to stumble, pluck it out and throw it from you. It is better for you to enter life with one eye, than to have two eyes and be cast into the fiery hell. “See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that their angels in heaven continually see the face of My Father who is in heaven.”

November 30, 2014

Becoming A Child of God

It tells us in Mark’s gospel that the disciples were arguing among themselves about who among them was the most important, and Matthew records that they asked Jesus: “Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” In their pride motivated ambition they wanted to know what determines rank in the kingdom of God. Jesus sets a child in front of them as an object lesson in humility.

Matthew 18:1-6 – “At that time the disciples came to Jesus and said, “Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” And He called a child to Himself and set him before them, and said, “Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever receives one such child in My name receives Me; but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.”