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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading