The miracle of the feeding of five thousand points to something greater than a mere meal. The miracle points us to the Giver who is the Bread of Life. Jesus is the fulfillment of what manna in the desert was pointing to, the real bread from heaven. Jesus' body is the means by which we are reconciled unto God.
In life and in death, John the Baptist was a forerunner to Jesus Christ. He prepared the way for Jesus. And his life pointed to the one who would come after him who was greater than he. Both John and Jesus were murdered. But Jesus, unlike John, rose from the grave. And His resurrection has changed everything.
Jesus continues to teach about what the Kingdom of Heaven is like. In Matthew chapter 13, we learn the Kingdom of Heaven is more valuable than anything else and worthy of supreme sacrifice in order to attain it. And the way the Kingdom grows is through disciples sharing this treasure with others.
In Matthew 13, Jesus begins to teach about the Kingdom of Heaven by using several parables. This week we examine the parables of the Wheat and Weeds, Mustard Seed and Leaven. All three parables teach that the Kingdom of Heaven is growing and advancing as God sees fit. Our response to these parables needs should be characterized by patient trust in our God.
In Matthew 12, Jesus continues his warning to the Pharisees regarding their rejection of his ministry. If they persist in rejecting him, they will be judged for blasphemy. Jesus compares the Pharisees of his generation with Nineveh. Even Nineveh was more receptive to Jonah than the Pharisees are to Jesus and his ministry.
Fatherhood is a high calling with incredibly important responsibilities. Those responsibilities include God’s command to diligently teach their children biblical doctrine and to discipline them according to God’s Word.
Jesus offers us an incredible invitation to come to him and find rest for our souls. This rest is the very thing we need. Too often we take on the yokes of the world and pain ourselves greatly. Jesus invites us to forsake the yoke of the world and of self-righteousness and instead take his easy yoke upon us.
In Matthew 11, John the Baptist is wrestling with doubt as a result of his imprisonment. Jesus responds with loving kindness and encourages John. But then pronounces judgment on those who reject both John and himself. Those who hear the gospel of the Kingdom and do not repent and believe in the one God has sent will be cast into Hell.
Jesus sends out his disciples into the harvest with explicit instructions. Jesus commissions them with authority and the Spirit of God supplies their words in times of need. The work of a disciple of Jesus is to proclaim the Kingdom in spite of opposition. God rewards those who faithfully proclaim His message.