Matthew takes great care to provide the evidence that Jesus is the king for which we have been waiting, thus making the call of Jesus to “Repent for the kingdom is near” and “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of people” compelling. In a phrase, Jesus is worth following.
God calls for his people to be mature and to follow after him by process of continual growth. In Ephesians 4:15 God gives his people the means of maturity – speaking the truth in love. Those who are mature, meaning those that recognize their immaturity, will use this good for their good and God’s ultimate […]
Jesus uniquely fulfills what was prophesied by the prophets regarding his time in Egypt, the slaughter of the innocent, and Jesus settling in Nazareth. He is the only one that could fit the description of the expected Messiah. His unique identification with the town of Nazareth opened the door to ministry to members of the […]
The third week of the 2017 Advent season highlights God’s peace that is available for us. We can either be disturbed as King Herod was, or we have peace by seeking the new promised king, like the magi.
Our second week of the 2017 Advent season highlights God’s love for us through a seemingly unconventional way. Jesus, existing in the form of God, did not consider equality with God as something to be held onto but emptied Himself by assuming the form of a slave by being born as a man. We are […]
This week we launch into the 2017 Advent season by beginning a study in the gospel of Matthew. Here God provides us with the family tree of Jesus, and though we may find this a boring way to start a story as exciting as Jesus’, we can find a great hope therein.