I mentioned last week that we are near the end of Christ’s life in the book of Matthew. He had made his triumphal return to the city of Jerusalem for the last time. He had been hailed as a king, “Hosanna, Hosanna, in the highest!” His relationship with the high priests, those that... Continue Reading →
The kingdom of heaven……
This week the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner, an owner of an estate, head of a household, who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. Before I continue, in Christ’s parables we are invited into the story to find ourselves a part of it. With the hope that... Continue Reading →
The parable of the unforgiving servant. This parable is pretty straight forward and applicable to today’s world. Like the servant in today’s scripture we are to forgive as we have been forgiven. All day, every day. Forgiveness, the amazing power that forgiveness possesses, it frees both the offender and the offended. It breaks the shackles... Continue Reading →
Who do people say that I am?
“Who do people say that I am?” asked Christ. Who do you say that I am? A sharp, pointed question that might leave some struggling to answer. Have we, have you, have I, thought about the answer to that question? After yet another exchange with the leaders of the church, Christ has some quiet time... Continue Reading →
Can you drink the cup?
Can you drink the cup? The mother of the sons of Zebedee makes a request of Christ, "Promise that these two sons of mine will sit on your right and left in your kingdom." Christ sets the overzealous mother and her sons straight, "You do not know what you are asking." They were asking... Continue Reading →
Blessed are the poor in spirit…
Christ brought with him a message of hope, a message of salvation and a message that turned how we see the world upside down. He showed us how God sees this world through human eyes. This God with us. So, how is it that God sees this world? And what is his message of... Continue Reading →