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 →
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 →
The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few…..
A crowd of people had gathered around Christ and he had compassion for them. What was it he felt.....He was moved because they were like sheep without a shepherd. Many of the first century Jews were lost, harassed, troubled and vulnerable. Life was hard. Few could read or write. Those in leadership positions in the... Continue Reading →