Desperate Circumstances Reveal the Need for God: Matthew 9:18-26

Desperate circumstances will reveal my need for God. The synagogue ruler broke rank and chose to reach out to Jesus because he was desperate. His daughter was far more important than his position or reputation, and in her death he recognized how empty, pointless and worthless was everything in which he had trusted. He was empty and in desperate circumstance. …

A Real Life Not a Patched Up Religion: Matthew 9:14-17

A real life promised by Jesus, in this section, he compares reasons for fasting. He implies to his disciples that he will give them a deeper relational purpose for fasting in the future. In contrast, he will not impose fasting on them as an ascetic, traditional, religious practice. Again his focus in on the inner life, not on adhering to …

Invisible Church? Where else can I find unity?

The church fathers listed the invisible church a key tenet of the Nicene Creed, an essential Christian belief. The Nicene Creed lists it as “I believe in one holy Catholic and Apostolic church.” Catholic means universal. Apostolic means continuing from the teaching of the apostles, the church which composes the body of Christ. Invisible Church? Where else can I hope …

Follow Me: Matthew 9:9-13

‘ Follow me’, Jesus says to Matthew. Matthew immediately follows him without excuse or delay, and with no indications of regret. It is likely Matthew already knew of Jesus by reputation. Jesus knew his heart, and knew he was ready to give up the life he had known. Unlike fishing, tax collecting was not a profession to which he could …

A Paralyzed Man Forgiven and Healed: Matthew 9:1-8

The paralyzed man is first forgiven and then healed. The purpose of the miracles was to serve as a testimony to the identity of Christ, and it is interesting that forgiveness has priority in the discussion. Forgiveness of the paralyzed man most bothers the teachers of the law. The teachers of the law represented the religious people of the day …

Demon Possessed Men Healed and a Plea to Leave the Region: Matthew 8:28-34

Demon possessed or Jesus? These people later in the chapter must have preferred demon possessed. With just a few words Jesus had annihilated what was known and familiar to them. They pleaded with him to leave their region because they were afraid, more afraid of him than they had been of the demon possessed men he healed. Here was the …