Matthew 16: “Who Do You Say I Am?”

Matthew 16 includes the most important question a person could consider. After asking his followers, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” Jesus makes it personal, asking, “Who do you say I am?” (v. 15). Peter’s response? “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Matthew’s Gospel is all about Jesus [Read More…]

Matthew 15: The Power of Faith

Matthew 15 is a great example of the power of faith. Verse 28 reads, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” One woman from outside of the Jewish audience Jesus was serving at the moment came with a request for her daughter. Initially, Jesus denied her request. But she did not give up. [Read More…]

Matthew 14: Gross Stories of the Bible

Matthew 14 introduces us to one of the “gross stories of the Bible.” Here, we find the end of the life of John the Baptist. First arrested for speaking out against Herod’s inappropriate marriage, Herod is later conned into putting John to death—giving John’s head on a platter to the daughter of his wife! This [Read More…]

Matthew 13: Jesus the Storyteller

Jesus loved to tell stories. In fact, except with his disciples, most of his teaching was through stories. Whether the story of the farmer scattering seed or the man who built his house on the rock, Jesus was the expert of communication utilizing the vernacular of his time. Interestingly, the concept of story has been [Read More…]

Matthew 12: The Family of Jesus

“For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.” -Matthew 12:50 Family is a critical issue in our society. It was in Jesus’ time as well. He used the opportunity of his mother and family showing up to teach on the important issue of spiritual family. He [Read More…]

Matthew 11: I Will Give You Rest

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” -Matthew 11:28 Matthew 11 was, for me, a time of rest in my handwriting through the Bible. After Jesus has picked on the Pharisees and confronted his disciples for their lack of faith, he turns to the issue of [Read More…]