In John's Gospel, we met Jesus the Son of God. In Luke's Gospel, we meet Jesus the Son of Man. In Mark's Gospel, we meet Jesus the suffering Servant. And with Matthew we embark on our Gospel-journey to meet Jesus: the Sovereign King.
Matthew begins by leading us down royal lines of our King's lineage.
From His birth He began threatening other earthly kings.
Futile efforts to find & kill Him were thwarted by wise men & magi. Upon finding their infant King, they fell and worshipped with royal gifts from the east.
In time, John the Baptist would join the herald of heavenly hosts, proclaiming the King & His Kingdom at hand!
Satan affirmed Jesus' reign by his efforts to tempt Him to a Kingdom exchange.
The sermons of the Sovereign One would also convince on-listeners of His heavenly descent: "He speaks as one with authority, not like our scribes & Pharisees."
During His crucifixion trial He made His own declaration: "My Kingdom is not of this world." Heaven's King came to reign upon the earth. The Cross would be the means by which He would conquer, a stumbling block for the proud, but grace to the humble.
Shaking off death like dust, Jesus proved His dominion over hell when He arose from the grave.
And ultimately, Matthew's final words record his Messiah's pronouncement: "All authority in heaven & earth has been given to Me."
Despite great lengths that Matthew went to in order to convince us of Christ the King, he faithfully & painfully focuses also upon the Messiah's rejection by His own people. Like no other Gospel, Matthew depicts the hostility of the religious leaders who refused their King. Of Himself He said, â€œFoxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.â€
But Matthew also includes chapter 24 wherein we learn of the Son of Man's second coming at an unexpected hour, full of glory, judgement & power. Will the bride be ready?
No other Gospel provides more instruction, direction and power for faithful followers commissioned to represent Christ the King throughout the earth.
My Words Will Not Pass Away
Way back in v3 of chapter 24, the disciples asked the question that we would do well to keep before us. It is the question that Jesus spends a chapter and a half answering: “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?"
Well, what do you think? Do you know how things are going to go between now and... The End! Do you know what the sign of the times will be?
If you're able, please turn in a copy of God's Word to Matthew 24. We'll be focusing on verses 32 through 35 today.
32 “From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near.33 So also, when you see all these things, you know that he is near, at the very gates.34 Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place.35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
life application questions
blue = leaders only
living on mission:
Please read: Mat 24.32-35
How would most people that you encounter daily value the words of God? Wise words to live by? Guide lines? Or...... Fox News, CNN, philosophers, and words of other faiths have equal value.
What is right or wrong about that? It is wrong to value Gods word as anything less than the most precious of all words. It is right to value all other words as something less than Gods words. All words dont have the same value some are truly idle and worthless. Matthew 12.36-37
How can we help people to treasure God and his word? By living changed lives and giving Jesus the glory and credit for the change in our lives. From dry branch to green leaf. Our changed lives might prompt someone to ask “what is it with you?” Creating an opportunity to engage them: “Jesus is God, the way, the truth the life....He is our only hope......
sharing life together:
Do you believe all of Gods word? In particular that Jesus, is God.
What questions do people ask you about God that are difficult for you to answer?
Pastor Paige, taught that the words that pour into our ears shapes our thinking.
Do you have suggestions for wholesome entertainment?
growing in truth: What was the main point of the passage?