Topic: New Creation
16 May 2021
In these verses, Jesus foretells the destruction of Jerusalem and its Temple. We know that this was fulfilled in AD 70 when the Romans came and burned the city to the ground. Importantly, Jesus is explaining that this would not be the end of religion. God’s people are always to take hope and to take heart because Jesus reigns from everlasting to everlasting. Wars and rumors or wars and famines and earthquakes cannot stop King Jesus. Praise His name!
2 May 2021
Jesus explains the difference between Pharisaic religion (Judaism) and the Gospel of His grace. The religion of the Jews (at least those misguided by the scribes and Pharisees) was one of works. And because no man can be perfect, they were even hypocritical in how they upheld that religion. Only in the Gospel does Jesus free us by His grace and by His righteousness actually to serve God in sincerity. We will never be perfect in this life, but we can be saved.
4 April 2021
Jesus combats false teaching of the most important kind in this passage: the denial of the Resurrection. Without the true doctrine of the Resurrection (both of Christ’s and of ours), the Christian faith and life become meaningless. But with the truth of the Resurrection, everything in this life gains meaning. Indeed, there is nothing that the Christian can’t face in the light of God’s grace through eternity.
17 January 2021
In the last half of Matthew 19, Jesus is confronted by the “rich young ruler”. Sadly, this man underestimates the overwhelming value of following Jesus and inheriting eternal life. May we all be confronted by the bankruptcy of our soul and flee unto Jesus. He alone can save us and grant us a place in the Father’s house!