'Matthew' Tagged Posts

'Matthew' Tagged Posts

THE BACKSTORY REVISITED

An old man named John wrote it down in a little letter years later:  “We have heard…we have seen…we have observed….our hands have touched.”   Those days long ago scroll across the old man’s memory.  He was a young man then, maybe all of nineteen.  He was hanging on the words of a rugged preacher named John the Baptist on that day when Jesus came in sight of the Jordan River.   “Look!”  said the preacher, pointing at Jesus, “The Lamb of…

ADVENT’S UNSCRUPULOUS INVITATION

First, some dictionary definitions: “Scruples” –  doubts or hesitation about doing or allowing something because of conscience or principles.   “Scrupulous” – having scruples; being principled, very conscientious and exacting, strictly honest or honorable.”    “Unscrupulous” – you guessed it – without moral scruples or qualms of conscience.” C.S. Lewis once said that God’s grace was “unscrupulous.”  At first that sounds like God has no scruples, no morals, no standards.  God’s law has all kinds of morals, scruples, standards. They are holy…

A NEW SERMON SERIES – THE GOSPEL OF ST. JOHN

Today we begin a new sermon series – The Gospel According To St. John. During the week of Christmas & New Years, we will break from our series to consider the Christmas accounts from The Gospel According To St. Luke, and then we will return to John’s Gospel. God the Holy Spirit has chosen to record the life of our Savior in four Gospels – Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.  Each of these accounts pursues a different angle.  Even the…

“JUST AS HE SAID!”

In Matthew’s account of Easter morning, the angel says to the women:  “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified.  He is not here; He has risen, just as He said.” The angel knew why the women were there, what low expectations they brought with them, unmindful that Jesus would rise “as He said.” We are so used to promises that are not kept.  Others have made promises to us – big…

LESSONS FROM THE TRANSFIGURATION

On this Sunday before the start of the Lenten season, the Church has always tipped its hat to the account of Christ’s transfiguration.   The Gospel of Matthew says that Jesus took Peter, James and John up a high mountain by themselves.  “There he was transfigured in front of them. His face was shining like the sun. His clothing became as white as the light.  Just then, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Jesus.”    There are several…

DIVINE SERENDIPITY

Matthew, Mark and Luke all tell the story.  On the road to Jericho sit two blind men.  Mark and Luke focus on one of the men in particular.  Mark tells us his name is Bartimaeus.   The day for these two men began as all of their days must have begun.  They were led by some kind soul to their usual spot on the roadside to beg – the only form of social assistance in those days.   They expected…

THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD

Each year, as is our custom, we gather to meditate on what has been called “The Greatest Story Ever Told.” It is not a mere story of course.  It certainly is not fiction.  It is fact.  It is history.  It truly happened.   Nor is this true and greatest story ever told only an academic exercise, a dusty old document detached from your life and mine.  It is, instead, the story of God’s bleeding love for every soul ever born.…

“AS HE WAS PRAYING…”

Transfiguration Sunday is an annual reminder of that moment on the mountain before our Savior set His face toward Jerusalem and the cross.  It is a fitting reminder, on the Sunday before Ash Wednesday, of the glorious and heavenly goal toward which the Savior’s suffering and death led – to the glory of Easter morning.  At the end of the hard path lies heaven itself. Matthew, Mark and Luke all record this event.  “He was transfigured,” is the way Mathew…

BACKWARD BLESSINGS?

In our recent Lenten and Easter sermon series we focused on “the Beatitudes” in Matthew’s Gospel.  As we resume our study of Luke’s Gospel, we find a very similar sermon but in somewhat varied and briefer form. Surely Jesus must have preached “the Beatitudes” and other portions of the Sermon on the Mount more than once during His earthly ministry, as any preacher or teacher of God’s word presents the doctrines of the Bible many times and in various ways.…

LESSONS FROM THE TRANSFIGURATION

On this Sunday before the start of the Lenten season, the Church has always tipped its hat to the account of Christ’s transfiguration.   The Gospel of Matthew says that Jesus took Peter, James and John up a high mountain by themselves.  “There He was transfigured before them.  His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light.  Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus.” There are several lessons in…

GET REAL!

Some among us are old enough to remember the TV series Leave It to Beaver.  Remember Eddie Haskell?  Such a polite boy.   Eddie is Wally Cleaver’s friend.  Every time Eddie shows up at the Cleaver house, he has a way of inflicting instant nausea.  “Well, hello Mrs. Cleaver!  That certainly is beautiful necklace you’re wearing today.  And how is Wally’s little brother, Theodore, doing today?”  Of course, once up in Wally’s room, Eddie flips the switch:  “So Wall’, what’s up…

“JUST AS HE SAID!”

In Matthew’s account of Easter morning, the angel says to the women:  “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified.  He is not here; He has risen, just as He said.” The angel knew why the women were there, what low expectations they brought with them, unmindful that Jesus would rise “as He said.” We are so used to promises that are not kept.  Others have made promises to us – big…