We come to the second event which St Matthew records with the purpose of showing his readers that Jesus is indeed the King of the Kingdom of God, and that he has the authority to dispense his mercy, his power, his pleasure on whomever he wishes, and how he wishes. This would have been shocking to the Jewish readers as well as to those Jews who were following Jesus when this event happn
St Matthew’s gospel tells the story of Jesus from the perspective of God’s Kingdom. Matthew wants his readers to see Jesus as the promised king, who would establish and rule of the Kingdom of God. In chapters 8-11 St Matthew demonstrates how the promised king will actually solve or correct all that is wrong with the world as it is, and return the world to how God intended it.
There is a parable in Matthew’s Gospel that addresses the question of opposition to the Kingdom or opposition to the Gospel of Jesus. It is good to remember that when the church, or a mission, or a Christian ministry of some kind, or if you as a believer, face opposition, that this is not a surprise and that it is something we can respond to in a positive way.
When you stop and consider all the details, the coming of Jesus was disruptive in a number of ways. It disrupted those happy about his coming and those rather unhappy about it. Pastor Mike walks us through these disruptions and suggests that we need to be open to the disruptions that God brings into our lives.
May seem an obvious question to be asking: Who is Jesus? But just as the crowds in Jerusalem were asking that Palm Sunday, Pastor Jim suggested that we, too, should ask if we really know and live as if Jesus is who he is.
Lots of time spend looking forward to Christmas day; the preparations, the anticipation, etc. Well enough, but now what? Pastor Jim walks us through the 2nd Chapter of St Matthew’s gospel which reveals an amazing story; at least as fascinating as what let up to the birth of Christ.
Not quite Palm Sunday, but Pastor Jim’s sermon was fantastic on the subject! Wow! Almost unbelievable how God/Jesus made history come together that last week of Jesus’ earthly life.
As Jesus preached to good new of the kingdom to the crowds in Judea and Galilee, many, if not all, had tons of issues just like people do today. Yet Jesus did not look at them accusingly, but with compassion. Sure, they should have chosen better; sure they should not have continued with their bad habits. But Jesus saw their need and reached out in compassion. Healing them. Teaching them. Loving them.