Posts from November 2018

Posts from November 2018

Luke 17:20-35

The Coming of the Kingdom Jesus described the sudden nature of his return. Being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, he answered them, “The kingdom of God is not coming with something observable; no one will say, ‘See here!’ or ‘There!’ For you see, the kingdom of God is in your midst.” Then he told the disciples: “The days are coming when you will long to see one of the days of the Son of…

Luke 12:35-40

Watchful Slaves Jesus calls us to remain alert with the knowledge that he will return at an unexpected hour. “Be ready for service and have your lamps lit. You are to be like people waiting for their master to return from the wedding banquet so that when he comes and knocks, they can open the door for him at once. Blessed will be those servants the master finds alert when he comes. Truly I tell you, he will get ready,…

Matthew 25:31-46

The Parable of the Sheep and the Goats Those who showed kindness to others are in fact showing kindness to Christ. They will receive great reward in the coming kingdom. “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate them one from another, just as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He…

Matthew 25:14-30

The Parable of the Talents There is great reward for those who use their talents and gifts for the advancement of God’s kingdom. “For it is just like a man about to go on a journey. He called his own servants and entrusted his possessions to them. To one he gave five talents, to another two talents, and to another one talent, depending on each one’s ability. Then he went on a journey. Immediately the man who had received five…

Matthew 25:1-13

The Parable of the Ten Bridesmaids – Out of ten bridesmaids, only five were wise enough to bring oil for their lamps, knowing that the bridegroom might be delayed. Only these five entered the wedding feast. At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the groom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. When the foolish took their lamps, they didn’t take oil with them;…

Matthew 24:36-51

The Necessity for Watchfulness The return of Jesus Christ will catch the world unawares. The delay of his return requires patience and faithfulness on the part of his followers. “Now concerning that day and hour no one knows—neither the angels of heaven nor the Son —except the Father alone. As the days of Noah were, so the coming of the Son of Man will be. For in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving…

John 15:18-25

The World’s Hatred In the upper room, Jesus told his disciples that as the world resisted him, it would resist them also. “If the world hates you, understand that it hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own. However, because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of it, the world hates you. Remember the word I spoke to you: ‘A servant is…

Matthew 24:9-14

Jesus explained how his followers will face persecution as the gospel goes out into the world. “Then they will hand you over to be persecuted, and they will kill you. You will be hated by all nations because of my name. Then many will fall away, betray one another, and hate one another. Many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. Because lawlessness will multiply, the love of many will grow cold. But the one who endures to the…

Matthew 23:1-39

Jesus vehemently denounced the hypocrisy of the scribes and Pharisees. Then Jesus spoke to the crowds and to his disciples: “The scribes and the Pharisees are seated in the chair of Moses. Therefore do whatever they tell you, and observe it. But don’t do what they do, because they don’t practice what they teach. They tie up heavy loads that are hard to carry and put them on people’s shoulders, but they themselves aren’t willing to lift a finger to…

Matthew 22:15-22

Religious Leaders Question Jesus The religious leaders of Jerusalem questioned Jesus in order to find some reason to accuse him. In every case, Jesus replied with wisdom that confounded their plans to trap him. Then the Pharisees went and plotted how to trap him by what he said. So they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians. “Teacher,” they said, “we know that you are truthful and teach truthfully the way of God. You don’t care what anyone…