Sermons from January 2022

Sermons from January 2022

Hebrews 1:5-14

In Hebrews 1:5-14 the author of Hebrews quotes from a number of Old Testament passages to show that Christ is superior to the angels in every way. He is superior because he is the Son of God. He is superior because he is God by nature, not a ministering spirit like the angels. He is superior because he is the king, not a servant. The Arians of the 4th century and the Jehovah’s Witnesses today claim that Jesus is merely…

Matthew 10:1-15

In Matthew 10:1-15 Christ calls the twelve and gives them instructions for the preaching of the gospel to the Jews. At this point, the message of the gospel is to go to the Jews only because they were the people of God. This mission given while Christ was on earth parallels the mission given to the church after his resurrection, which is expanded beyond the Jews to the whole earth. What should the church preach? Is the message urgent? Christ…

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…