Contributed on May 7, 2015
After many stern warnings and instructions to His missionaries, to His disciple makers, Jesus closes the discourse with a promise. Those who faithfully served the Lord & who faithfully support these workers will be rewarded.
MATTHEW 10: 40-42 [THE MESSIAH REVEALED Series] REWARDS FOR SERVING CHRIST [Revelation 22: 10-17] After many stern warnings and instructions to His missionaries, to His disciple makers, Jesus closes the discourse with a simply amazing promise. Jesus had instructed His disciples to stay in ...read more
Contributed on Dec 12, 2014
Jesus speaks His authoritative Word & the strife and rage of demonic possession flees & leaves a great calm in its place. Jesus exercised authority & compassion that freed people even from demon possession.
MATTHEW 8:28-34 [THE MESSIAH REVEALED SERIES] PRINCE OF PEACE OVER THE SPIRIT WORLD [Revelation 18:1-8] Previously Jesus has demonstrated His power and authority over diseases and nature. Now we see His power over the unseen supernatural world. Jesus brings back lost life and demonstrates ...read more
Contributed on Apr 2, 2015
Jesus openly warns that the missionary aspect of the mission of His followers would be countered with serious & even deadly opposition. Yet Jesus also knew that danger & even threat of death could not defeat a soul set ablaze by His eternal love.
MATTHEW 10: 16-23 [THE MESSIAH REVEALED] PERSISTENCE THROUGH PERSECUTION [Acts 4:8-21] Previously the Twelve's mission had been depicted as being received in a relatively friendly manner. In this passage, the disciples were warned that many who rejected the Kingdom message would not leave ...read more
Contributed on Dec 18, 2014
This section proves that our Great Physician is ruler over the moral realm also. While ridding a man of physical illness, He also wields the power to deliver him from sin, the root of all the world’s evils.
MATTHEW 9: 1-8 [THE MESSIAH REVEALED SERIES] THE POWER OF FORGIVENESS [Psalm 103:1-14 / Mk. 2:3-12, Lk. 5:18-26] The third miracle in the 2nd triplet of miracles is the healing of the paralytic. This triad demonstrates that Jesus is the peace-bringer in three different spheres. 1st, He ...read more
Contributed on Apr 23, 2015
Jesus urges us not to underestimate our worth or our work, but to realize we have our origin in God, our destiny with God and our lives constantly under the care of God.
MATTHEW 10: 29-33 [THE MESSIAH REVEALED Series] HIS EYE IS ON THE SPARROW All efforts aimed at educating, healing, and caring for human beings are based on the assumption that such endeavors are worthwhile. We believe that persons are of value. No one makes much of a stir about the loss of ...read more
Contributed on Mar 12, 2015
Jesus had personally demonstrated His authority previously in Matthew. He now delegates that same authority to His apostles so that they may carry out His ministry to the world.
MATTHEW 10: 1-6 [THE MESSIAH REVEALED] THE TWELVE APOSTLES Chapter 10 is a transition in Jesus' training of the twelve. Until this time they had been observers with little involvement in the miracles or teachings, Here they are commissioned and sent out with authority to do what they had ...read more
Contributed on Feb 5, 2015
What brings people to Jesus? People came to Jesus because He was involved in ministry. Jesus was exercising authority and compassion that brought healing & life to people.
MATTHEW 9: 18-26 [THE MESSIAH REVEALED SERIES] THE REACH OF FAITH [THE INTERRUPTIONS OF LIFE ] [1 Thess. 4:13-18/ Mark 5:21-43/ Luke 8:40-56] After three non-miracle events Matthew returns with a flurry of miracle activity [in verses 18-34]. The raising of the dead and the healing of the ...read more
Contributed on May 14, 2015
Do good Christians sometimes doubt the reality of the testimony they hold? Do strong believers have moments when they are unsure about the Christ they have so boldly proclaimed? What should they do in these moments of doubt when life is against them & God
MATTHEW 11: 1-6 [THE MESSIAH REVEALED Series] THE UNSWAYED MESSIAH [ Isaiah 35:2b-l0] Do good Christians sometimes doubt the reality of the testimony they hold? Do believers who shouted from the roof tops have moments when they are unsure about the Christ they have so boldly proclaimed? ...read more
Contributed on Oct 27, 2014
We must not separate Jesus’ life or teachings from His miraculous works. They are intertwined together to give us the message Jesus was sent to bring. The miracles serve to validate Jesus as the Messiah of God & to authenticate His claims & teachings.
MATTHEW 8: 1-4 THE CLEANSING TOUCH OF JESUS [Job 5:17-27] We must not separate Jesus’ humble life, or His authoritative teachings from His miraculous works. They are intertwined together to give us the message Jesus was sent to bring. The miracles serve to validate Jesus as the ...read more
Contributed on Mar 26, 2015
After training and empowering His twelve Apostles, Jesus gives them some specific guidelines concerning this specific short term missionary assignment. This section closes with a declaration concerning the seriousness of their gospel message & ministry
MATTHEW 10: 7-15 [THE MESSIAH REVEALED SERIES] KINGDOM WORKER'S MESSAGE, MINISTRY, AND METHOD The King has trained and empowered His twelve Apostles to carry out His ministry. Now He gives them some specific guidelines concerning this specific short-term missionary assignment (CIT). The ...read more
Contributed on Apr 9, 2015
Christians need not be taken back by the revilings that come even when they are innocent and prudent. We need not hold back from revealing the full counsel of God either. We must not shrink back no matter the opposition in our duty to Christ
MATTHEW 10: 24-28 [THE MESSIAH REVEALED] ENCOURAGEMENT FOR THE PERSECUTED [Luke 12:1-11] Having painted a deserting picture concerning the persecution His disciples would encounter in ministry, Jesus shifts to words of comfort, challenge, and encouragement. We need not be taken back by ...read more
Contributed on Nov 6, 2014
Jesus holds power over all the diseases & afflictions of man.
MATTHEW 8: 14-17 INSTANT HEALING AND IMMEDIATE SERVICE [Isaiah 53:1-8] After recounting the stories of an unnamed leper and an anonymous centurion, Matthew includes a brief account of a family member in Jesus’ inner circle. This is the third in the triplet of healing miracles which ...read more
Contributed on Nov 20, 2014
The essential characteristic of the Christian life is discipleship. This section is a warning to those who would become disciples of the Messiah.
MATTHEW 8: 18-22 [THE MESSIAH REVEALED SERIES] GOING TO THE OTHER SIDE At this point Matthew interrupts the series of miracles. He is transitioning from the three miracles of healing (8:2-15) to three miracles of power (8:23-34; 9:1-8) over the forces of nature, over evil spirits, and over ...read more
Contributed on Dec 4, 2014
The disciples here become more aware of the awesome power & authority of their Lord. Jesus exercises unparalleled display of His authority over nature in the midst of fear & uncertainty.
MATTHEW 8: 23-27 [THE MESSIAH REVEALED SERIES] STILLING THE STORM [Psalm 89: 1-9] The story of the “Stilling of the Storm” begins the second set of three miracle stories (8:23–27, 28–34; 9:1–6). Matthew has completed his transition from three miracles of ...read more
Contributed on Oct 16, 2014
All men are building, all builders choose a foundation. All foundations will be tried. Only one foundation will stand the storm of judgment.
MATTHEW 7: 24-29 THE TWO FOUNDATIONS IN LIFE [Psalms 89:20-29] Here is the familiar story of two men building their homes (lives). Both men had access to the same materials. Both had choices as to where and how to build their homes (lives). But one man’s house stood while the other ...read more
Contributed on Feb 5, 2015
Jesus was not out to reform Judaism but to transform Judaism into something new. He was not out to give life to old form but to give life to a new form, a new way to God.
MATTHEW 9: 14-17 [THE MESSIAH REVEALED SERIES] DON'T REFORM BUT BE TRANSFORMED [John 3:22-36/ Mark 7:18-22, Luke 5: 33-39] Here is another incident that goes along with the preceding 2 which shows Jesus in conflict with current opinion & practice. Jesus did not conduct His ministry as the ...read more
Contributed on Mar 5, 2015
This short powerful passage provides insight into Jesus' motivation for advancing the training of His disciples to the next level or on to ministering to people in teams. The reason is Jesus' compassion for the masses. Jesus saw beyond the physical broken
MATTHEW 9: 35-38 COMPASSION MOVES TO ACTION [Ezekiel 34:1-6] Jesus saw beyond the physical brokenness to the deeper tragedy of lives lived without spiritual purpose or direction.This short powerful passage provides insight into Jesus' motivation for advancing the training of His disciples to the ...read more