God’s judgment is a reality, and so good judgment is a necessity. The First Coming of Jesus demonstrated God’s good judgment, and His Second Coming demands ours.
The Lord rewards faithful service. And faithful service involves two important things: vigilance and diligence.
If we trust in the truth of God, then we will live anxiety-free lives. In today’s passage, we see that we can trust in God’s sovereignty and His sensitivity to our needs.
Because, Jesus teaches us that life is more than possessions, we must view material wealth in light of eternity. In our passage, He points out that life means more than merely getting stuff from others, or keeping stuff for ourselves.
In this passage Jesus warns His followers against hypocrisy promising that those who acknowledge Him before others will be acknowledged before God.
Jesus calls out the religious leaders of His day, and we must be willing to do the same. In our passage, Jesus specifically calls out the Pharisees and the scribes.
Since Jesus is “the Truth”, we must live in light of His Gospel. In other words, we must respond appropriately to the revelation of God in Christ. Our passage is going to demonstrate that spiritually blind people cannot receive such revelation, and, therefore, they will inevitably fail to respond to it.
Because Jesus requires active obedience, we must choose to obey Him. In our passage, Jesus makes it clear that we must reject every kind of disobedience, and then remain obedient, in order to live the life He is calling us to.
Since what we think about God determines how we pray, we need to get to know Him better. In today’s passage, Jesus teaches that God the Father is both relational and reliable.
Today’s passage reminds us that we can lose our focus even as we attempt to serve Jesus. But the most important thing in life must be our relationship with Him. Everything else, even our service to Jesus, is at best secondary. And if we learn to savor Jesus, then we will undoubtedly serve Him well, too.
We can all understand how tempting it is to separate out our professed love for God from our practical love for neighbors. But Jesus calls us to a costly love for neighbor which proves our love for God. In this passage, Jesus shows us that such costly love is: unconditional, unbelievable, and unmistakable.
Jesus rejoices in God’s revelation, and He reminds us to do the same. The first half of our passage speaks to the humility required to receive God’s revelation, and the second half points to the privilege of receiving it.
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Too many of us miss out on the true joy and peace of Christmas because we miss the point of who Christ is and why He came to that manger in the first place. Matthew’s genealogy is a powerful reminder that Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah who came to fulfill God’s promises to Abraham and David, and to bring the joy and peace of God’s grace to sinners and strangers like you and me.
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