Sermons on Matthew

Sermons on Matthew

Matthew 9:35-38

In Matthew 9:35-38, having completed a number of miracles that proved his authority, Christ now turns his attention to the propagation of the message of the kingdom. In this context he says that the harvest is plentiful but the laborers few. Though many will reject the message, Christ maintains that the harvest is plentiful. There will be many who believe. The propagation of the gospel is dependent on God sending preachers into the world. Therefore, all can be involved in…

Matthew 9:32-34

In Matthew 9:32-34 Christ gives speech to a mute demoniac. This again shows Christ’s authority over all of creation as the eternal Son of God. Matthew here, however, begins to highlight a new theme that will be developed in the coming chapters: how people respond to Christ. That Christ has done something amazing and is doing amazing things today cannot be denied. The question is: do these things cause you to worship him or to declare him to be evil?

Matthew 9:27-31

In Matthew 9:27-31 Christ gives sight to two blind men. This healing is done in private for these two who believe in him. Christ’s giving sight to the blind shows that he is God, who alone has such power, and that he is bringing in the last age. His ability to give sight to the blind shows that he is able to grant faith sovereignly to whomever he wills. The blind men can see with the eyes of faith, but…

Matthew 1:18-25

Christ’s two names in Matthew 1:18-25 tell us who he is and what he has come to do. As “Immanuel” he is God with us. As “Jesus” he comes to save his people from their sins. The only way to make sense of the incarnation is to seek to understand it in light of the mission of Christ. Anything less than the salvation of his people from sin makes the incarnation incomprehensible.

Matthew 9:14-17

In Matthew 9:14-17 Christ shows that the entire Christian life must center on him. John’s disciples wondered why Christ’s disciples did not fast like they and the Pharisees did. Rather than conforming to the traditions of the Pharisees, Christ shows that all fasting must conform to the reality of his coming. This affects every area of life. Christ has not come to be the patch on the old garment of your living. Rather, he has come to be the entirely…

Matthew 9:9-13

In Matthew 9:9-13 Christ calls Matthew who, seeing that his sins can be forgiven by following Christ, immediately leaves his life of tax collecting to follow Jesus. The Pharisees, believing themselves to be righteous, have not concept of the forgiveness of sins. Christ shows that he has come for people like Matthew, who recognize their sins, rather than for people like the Pharisees who believed themselves to be righteous.

Matthew 9:1-8

In Matthew 9:1-8 Christ heals a paralytic, but the healing of the paralytic is not the emphasis in the story.  This miracle is actually used to prove a more significant point: Christ has the authority to forgive sins.  If you believe in Christ, then take heart, your sins are forgiven.  If you doubt like the scribes, you will be counted as a blasphemer.

Matthew 8:28-34

In Matthew 8:28-34 Christ shows his sovereign authority over demons.  Though the two demon possessed men in the account terrified others, the demons controlling them are terrified of Jesus.  After being sent out into pigs which run down a high and die, the townspeople are left with a choice: do they rejoice over those who were delivered from the power of demons and believe in Christ who has such power, or do they concern themselves more with the financial loss…

Matthew 8:23-27

In Matthew 8:23-27 Jesus calms the winds and waves showing that he is the sovereign Lord of the universe.  If this is the case, then those who believe in him should not fear, for Christ has shown both that he is mighty and that he is for his people.  This means that no matter what difficulty we face Christ will see us through until he returns and restores all things.  Do not fear, rather believe.

Matthew 8:18-22

In Matthew 8:18-22 two people come to Jesus who are willing to follow him. Their understanding of what discipleship means, however, was lacking. What does it mean to follow Christ? It means following him even if it means losing everything. Following Christ must be the highest priority in your life. Matthew does not record how these men respond. The question is left open because it is a question for all: Will you make following Jesus the highest priority in your…

Matthew 8:14-17

In Matthew 8:14-17 Matthew records the healing of Peter’s mother-in-law and other healings. These healings show that Christ as absolute authority over demons and all kinds of diseases. Matthew emphasizes our need to respond to this authority by serving Christ and indicates that Jesus has come to defeat the devil and forgive sins.

Matthew 8:5-13

In Matthew 8:5-13, Matthew records Christ’s second miracle in chapters 8-9. Here Christ heals a Centurion’s servant. Amazingly, this Centurion, a Gentile, understands that Christ has sovereign authority even over diseases and disabilities. He believes that Christ is able to heal by simply speaking a word. Though he thought himself unworthy to have Christ in his home, Jesus assures him that he and those who have such faith will yet feast with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in heaven. His faith…