Jesus gives great gifts into his church and blessing to his servants. The apostles were overjoyed at the gifts they had been given but Jesus told them not to rejoice over that. There is something far more important than even the greatest spiritual gifts, blessings and happiness that Jesus wants us to focus on.
When a society becomes increasingly intolerant of Christian faith, many believers feel like running and hiding. Psalm 11 counters this inclination by teaching us to find refuge in the Lord.
It’s the one thing in life that everyone agrees on, everyone experiences and everyone finds uncomfortable thinking about: that our lives end. How can our lives have any meaning if we end?
Matthew has reached a turning point where Jesus opening predicts his death and resurrection but an interesting theme is developing. Its an epic battle between Jesus and Satan that didn’t begin here and will still be raging when Jesus hangs on the cross.
How can someone already believe in Jesus and yet the words You are the Christ, the Son of the living God be such a blessing? There must be something more to it. Your eternal destiny rides on the right answer.