The Gospel of Matthew Chapter 16:21-23

Jesus Predicts His Death and Resurrection

From that time Jesus began to show to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day.
22 Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, “Far be it from You, Lord; this shall not happen to You!”
23 But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.”

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®, Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Been Thinking About…

The state of affairs of our world.

You have, as well?  Perhaps we can compare notes.

Now that we are well into reading The Gospel of Matthew, we have seen that in the days when Jesus lived, life then, as today, was in turmoil.  And, as Matthew 13:53-58 tells us, Jesus (and His message) was not welcomed by His countrymen.

Fast forward to today, about 2000 years later. That’s a long time, no?

Jesus, and His message, although still spoken of today is, again, not welcomed by many people in our world.

The opposite, however, can also be said that many others throughout our world do welcome and receive Jesus and His Word.  Perhaps you are one of them.  If not, His invitation is open to all.  (see John 3:16-17.)

And, as I’ve observed the increasing anti-Semitic sentiment filling our airways, I can’t help but sense that it is not so much those criticized that are the real target, but rather the One who shares their ancient heritage. It is Jesus, who is the actual target.

You see, as history records, Jesus is the One, and only one, who defied death, confirming that He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. (see John 14:6.)

However, the enemy of this world is working overtime to distort all truth, destroy all life, and eliminate the truth about Jesus.  (see John 10:10a)

Yet, Jesus who came once, defied death, gave life to mankind, (see John 10:10b) is coming again, and is our only Hope for the state of affairs of our world, and for our individual destinies. May you pause, now, and give this much thought.

And may God bless you!

Number 6:24-26

The Gospel of Matthew Chapter 13:53-58

Now it came to pass, when Jesus had finished these parables, that He departed from there.
54 When He had come to His own country, He taught them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished and said, “Where did this Man get this wisdom and these mighty works?
55 “Is this not the carpenter’s son? Is not His mother called Mary? And His brother James, Joses, Simon, and Judas?
56 “And His sisters, are they not all with us? Where then did this Man get all these things?”
57 So they were offended at Him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own country and in his own house.”
58 Now He did not do many mighty works there because of their unbelief.

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®, Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

The Gospel of Matthew Chapter 12:22-30

A House Divided Cannot Stand

Then one was brought to Him who was demon-possessed, blind and mute; and He healed him, so that the blind and mute man both spoke and saw.
23 And all the multitudes were amazed and said, “Could this be the Son of David?”
24 Now when the Pharisees heard it they said, “This fellow does not cast out demons except by Beelzebub, the ruler of the demons.”
25 But Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them: “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand.
26 “If Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand?
27 “And if I cast out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your sons casts them out? Therefore they shall be your judges.
28 “But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you.
29 “Or how can one enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man?” And then he will plunder his house.
30 “He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters abroad.

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®, Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.