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Series: Jesus' First and Last Words

Jesus’ First Words: Matthew 5

Jesus’ First Words: Matthew 5

I thought I’d do a short series on Jesus’ first words in the four Gospels (his first in sermon form where there is such a thing). I started looking at the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:3-12) one morning about a week ago, and I’ve been stuck there marveling at them since. Some preachers tear these short lines apart, eager to find just what it takes to be blessed. I’ve gained good things from that kind of preaching, but I really doubt that’s…

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Jesus’ First Words: Mark 1

Jesus’ First Words: Mark 1

The Gospel of Mark focuses on actions much more than words, but there’s a lot packed into Jesus’ single sentence in Mark 1:15: The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel. It would take the rest of his ministry to unfold the meaning of what he introduced there. Take “the gospel,” for instance. The Greek word means “good news.” What good news would his listeners have thought he was calling…

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Jesus’ First Words: Luke 4

Jesus’ First Words: Luke 4

It’s not clear what the people of Nazareth thought of Jesus as he was growing up, but when he came back to deliver a message in the synagogue, he came back with one reputation, and when he left, it was with quite a different one. Rarely has anyone fallen so far in favor so quickly. They almost killed him. Why? The account is found in Luke 4:14-30. He had been teaching in other cities, being “glorified by all.” He had…

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Jesus’ First Words: John

Jesus’ First Words: John

Jesus turned and saw them following and said to them, “What are you seeking?” And they said to him, “Rabbi” (which means Teacher), “where are you staying?” He said to them, “Come and you will see.” So they came and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day, for it was about the tenth hour. “What are you seeking?…. Come and you will see” These first words of Jesus in the Gospel of John (John 1:38-39)…

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Jesus’ Final Words: Matthew 28

Jesus’ Final Words: Matthew 28

The Great Commission And Jesus came and said to [his disciples], “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Churches and mission organizations (including the one in which…

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Jesus’ Final Words: Mark 16

Jesus’ Final Words: Mark 16

We don’t know for sure what Jesus’ final words were in the Gospel of Mark. The closing verses of the book, Mark 16:9-20, are in doubt as to their authenticity. The Bible Knowledge Commentary tells us, The external evidence includes the following: (1) The two earliest (fourth century) uncial manuscripts (Sinaiticus and Vaticanus) omit the verses though their respective scribes left some blank space after verse 8, suggesting that they knew of a longer ending but did not have it…

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Jesus’ Final Words: John 21

Jesus’ Final Words: John 21

John is the gospel of glory. It speaks of the glory of the Father (John 7:18, 9:24, 11:4, 11:40, 12:28, 12:43, 13:32: 17:1). It tells the glory of the Son (John 1:14, 2:11, 5:41, 8:54, 12:41, 13:32, 17:1, 17:5, 17:22, 17:24). It tells of the glory imparted to believers in God through Christ (John 5:44, 12:43, 17:22). The word glory is nearly archaic. In biblical usage it speaks of a weighty magnificence, greatness, splendor, dignity. The Westminster Shorter Catechism, one…

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