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.
Jesus looks upon the crowds following him, filled with the sick, the blind even the demon possessed and he is filled with compassion for them. He looks out and sees what others do not, a harvest. And he is sending his disciples out to reap the harvest.
Women and motherhood are under attack in our culture and as a result, every facet of society and family suffers. Contrary to modern cultural opinion, motherhood is a high calling and worthy of praise. Today we look at Proverbs 31 and learn how biblical motherhood is Christlike and hence, brings glory to Christ.
The power and authority of Jesus attracted large crowds and spectators in Matthew 8. Many expressed a desire to follow Jesus. Yet for many, what they were attracted to was not actually Jesus, but his power. Hence, when Jesus describes the cost of descipleship, many turn away.
Immediately after the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus validates his authority by healing many in Capernaum and the surrounding region. Jesus' power and authority transcend all disease, races and geography. He is Lord over all. His miracles are acts of loving kindness to those whom he heals and powerful confirmation that the Kingdom of God is present in his ministry.
Jesus concludes the Sermon on the Mount with 4 warnings, Jesus forces each of us to make a decision about Him. He will not let us remain neutral. Either we choose to listen and obey Jesus or we reject Him and go our own way. The former leads to eternal life, the latter leads to destruction.
All of us are seeking, seeking relief, peace and redemption from the pains and battles of this life. Unfortunately, we turn to the things of this world to meet this need instead of Jesus. Jesus is the only one who can bring the peace and healing we so desperately need. Through his resurrection, Jesus has conquered over fear, pain and death. He has done it all. All that is left for us to do is to believe in and worship Him.
In Matthew 21:-17, Jesus enters Jerusalem as King, fulfilling all that the prophets foretold. He is the long awaited Son of David who declares his Kingship through healing, cleansing the temple and the fulfillment of prophecy. His Kingship is unlike any other.
In Matthew 7 Jesus warns against being judgmental. Often we focus on the failures of others before examining our own lives. Jesus teaches us how to properly judge others by first dealing with our own sin. Then we are able to help our brother see their faults. Rather than condemn judgment, Jesus teaches how to have proper judgment.