Sermons by Rev. Michael Grasso

Sermons by Rev. Michael Grasso

Hebrews 1:1-4 (Part 2)

In Hebrews 1:1-4 the author contrasts two ways God communicates: through the prophets of the OT and through his Son. The revelation is far superior to the old method of communication because of the surpassingly great glory of the Son. He is the heir of all things, the creator of all, the brightness of the glory of the Father, who upholds all things. He is the one who made purification for sins and sat down at the right hand of…

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…

Hebrews 1:1-4 (Part 1)

In Hebrews 1:1-4 the author contrasts God’s former way of speaking with the perfect and complete revelation found in Christ in these last days. Whereas God’s former speech was done in many parts over time and in various ways, the fullness and culmination of everything God has spoken is manifested in His Son, who is infinitely glorious. The question is, if Christ is this glorious, if he is the fullness of God’s revelation to man, do you obey him?

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…

Luke 2:1-7

Luke situates the birth of Christ in its historical context. It happened during the days of Caesar Augustus, while Herod was reigning in Judea (1:5) and Quirinius was governor of Syria. Pastor Grasso explains the significance of understanding the birth of Christ as a historical reality.

Luke 1:26-38

In Luke 1:26-38 the angel Gabriel appears to Mary and explains to her what is about to happen with the birth of Christ. Christ will be born of Mary even though she is a virgin. This proves that Christ is the Son of the Most High and that as such he will inherit the throne of David.

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.

Deuteronomy 32:48-52; 34:1-12

In Deuteronomy 34 the greatest OT prophet dies. There would not be another prophet like Moses until the Lord Jesus Christ. Moses, however, in his death, as great as he was, shows that he was unable to bring the people of God into the promised land because of his sin. The prophet like Moses, but who far surpasses him, is able to bring all of God’s people into the land.

Deuteronomy 33:1-29

What are the last words of the greatest OT prophet? In Deuteronomy 33:1-29, Moses ends his recorded words before dying by pronouncing a blessing on his people. Because God is great, his people must be blessed. There is no one like God, and therefore there is no people blessed like the people of God. Do you recognize the blessings you have in Christ?

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…

Deuteronomy 31:14-32:47

In Deuteronomy 32 Moses teaches the people the Song of Moses, meant to be a witness against the people when they sin. God is always good. All of heaven and earth testifies to this. There is never any excuse for sin. Even as we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot deny himself.