Sermons on Matthew

Matthew 21:33-46: The Parable of the Tenant Farmers

Jesus uses an Old Testament picture in order to tell a story to the religious leaders. In so doing, He acts like an Old Testament prophet who gets the religious leaders to pronounce their own judgement or verdict against themselves for their sin of refusing God and His messengers. This is a strong and public confrontation between Jesus and the religious leaders that teaches us much about God and how He chooses to work in human history.

Matthew 21:23-32: A Question of Authority

Jesus is once again confronted by the religious leaders as they desperately seek to discredit Him. But as they bring a loaded question to Jesus, He knows they do not care about the truthful answer to the question. In His response, He clearly shows that He knows their hearts and He also shows who has the true authority of God.

Matthew 21:18-22: Prophetic Pronouncements and Prayer Promises

During the week of passover, as Jesus and the disciples were walking into the city, Jesus decides to curse and kill a fig tree. Why would He do such a thing, it seems so pointless. Yet, as is always the case, there is a reason for why Jesus chooses to take this action. What he does in this passage pictures what is about to happen as He confronts the religious leaders, so it is an important teaching moment and a…

Matthew 21:12-17: Jesus Cleanses the Temple

Jesus has just finished His triumphal entry into the city of Jerusalem. What will He do next? As is often the case, He does what people might least expect. But what He does reveals something of His character and who He is. Jesus had just been called a prophet by the crowd, and now He will act like a prophet in confronting the sin of the people and pronouncing judgement on them for their sin and unbelief, but He will…

Matthew 20:29 – 21:11: The Triumphal Entry

In this passage, we find one of the greatest moments in human history. Jesus is presented to his people and to the city of Jerusalem as their Messiah and King. Celebration begins and the enthusiastic crowds accompany him and his disciples into the city. But all is not as it appears.

Matthew 20:17-34: True Christian Service

Why did Jesus come to earth and how does His Kingdom operate? These are the very question that Jesus answers for His disciples in Matthew 20. While they were wondering about power and authority, Jesus talked about service and then He showed them what He meant.

Matthew 19:29-30: What the Rich Can’t Afford?

“What must I do to get eternal life?” There are many ways to answer that question. But when a rich man comes to Jesus with that question, he receives a surprising answer. Jesus’ response is a great challenge not only for the rich man but also for us.

Matthew 19:9-15: Marriage, Celibacy and Children

What was Jesus’ view of marriage? What about Singleness? Oh, and what about children – their place and importance? Thankfully, we do not need to guess. Rather, Jesus speaks to all of these important topics in just a few short verses. Yet, He does so in such a way that the people who heard Him were very surprised by what He had to say. Just as in His day, what Jesus taught on these issues remains counter-cultural still.

Matthew 19:1-12: Marriage and Divorce

It might surprise people to know that some of the reasons and allowances for divorce in Jesus’ day are very similar to our society’s view in the modern day. In this passage, the religious leaders try to catch Jesus by giving Him a trick question on a difficult topic – divorce. But Jesus does not fall for their ploy, rather, He uses the opportunity to clearly explain God’s original purpose and design for marriage.