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.
All of us get better than we deserve from God. None of us gets what we deserve. Because of God’s mercy and Fatherhood over us, we, God’s children, must be merciful and loving to others, even our enemies.
With the same veracity, Jesus examines lust as the root of adultery. Adultery flourishes in the discontented heart. Purity needs to be pursued with vigilance and passion.
After saying that he has come to fulfill the law, Jesus begins to interpret and apply the law to the hearts and lives of his hearers. Immediately it becomes evident that God is more concerned with our inward purity of heart than our outward behaviors. The disciples of Jesus must not be filled with personal anger, but instead be peacemakers, seeking reconciliation with their brother.