9/29/2010 7:00 PM
Archive for September, 2010
“The Gospel of Jesus Christ a.k.a. The Good News”:
The remedy for our spiritual condition lies in the reality of who Jesus is, which has been made very simple for us in the Gospel according to Matthew. Who is this Messiah?
1. The WAY of the Messiah: Matt. 1: 18-21
The angel appeared to Joseph in a dream in verse 20, assuring him of who Jesus was “for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost”. The angel continued in verse 21, “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins”. Jesus came into the world the same way every one of us did. He was like us; flesh and blood.
2. The WORTH of the Messiah: Matt. 2: 9, 10
The wise men saw the star, which was no ordinary star. Verse 10: “When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy”. They fell down and worshipped the Christ child (v. 11) and gave him expensive gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. What is Jesus worth? What price is your salvation worth to you?
3. The WATER of the Messiah: Matt 3:13
Jesus came to be baptized by John. The Heavens opened (v.16) and the Spirit of God descended upon Jesus in the form of a dove. A voice was heard from Heaven (v.17) saying, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” Baptism reminds us that we are one with Jesus Christ. “Go ye therefore and baptize in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost. This is patterned after Jesus’ own baptism: God the Father was the voice, Jesus was the Son and the Holy Ghost came down in the form of a dove—-all three were present at one time.
4. The WALK of the Messiah: Matt 4:18-20; Relationship, Stewardship and Partnership
Jesus saw Peter and Andrew fishing by the Sea of Galilee. (v.17) “Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.” (v.19) They immediately followed Him. (v. 20) Jesus went from His baptism to the seashore. He did not go to the temple. He went to the common, working people. The devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he will devour. Jesus, the Messiah, walks around seeking someone to deliver.