Today we conclude our journey through the gospel according to Saint Matt. We have spent over two years in this study, and we have hopefully encountered Jesus for who He is. Sometimes He was surprising. Sometimes He was comforting. But, according to Matthew, He is always the Son of God and the lover of our souls. Matthew finishes with his account of some of the final words of Jesus -- the Great Commission. (Of course, the FINAL final words of His earthly ministry are recorded in Acts Chapter 1)..
These sketches/outlines are taken from messages delivered in SVCC's Sunday morning worship services.
Sooner or later, every one of us will find ourselves in a tomb. I’m not talking about physical death, although that may also be in your future. I’m talking about the tomb of the soul. It may be your own doing, the result of someone else’s careless plans, or a simple accident. But everyone gets there eventually.
We are approaching the finale of Matthew’s gospel, and as an endcap to Jesus’ teaching ministry, Matthew the evangelist shares with us the account of three very different reactions to this man, this prophet, this king, Jesus. These reactions very closely correspond with the parable of the farmer and the four soils from Matthew chapter 13.
No Mere Good Teacher
Today’s passage paints a disturbing and very harsh picture. The separation of the sheep and goats, the saved and the damned, into two groups -- one destined for eternal glory and the other for eternal fire in the company of demons -- is meant to be a frightening and troubling scene.
“Assuredly I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 18.3)
Men and women have always lusted for greatness and glory.
In Luke 2, the words of the Angel, then the old man of God Simeon, and finally Jesus himself say exactly who Jesus is.
God continues to break 400 years of silence with the puzzling words of Jesus, the 12-year-old. (Interesting fact: this passage is the only reliable account we have from Jesus’ childhood.)
Fourth Sunday of Advent 2014
Third Sunday of Advent
Scripture: Luke 1:26-38
In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”
Sons are free.
"Then the sons are free " (v26)
Sons still sacrifice.
"Nevertheless, lest we offend them..." (v27)
Underestimate the Devil
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” (1 Peter 5.8)
“And the Lord said to Satan, ‘From where do you come?’
So Satan answered the Lord and said, ‘From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking back and forth on it.’” (Job 1.7)