One down, 26 to go!
Today, March 3 will, conclude the book of Matthew. We read chapters 19-28 today. As you are reading, use a highlighter or write some notes in the margin of your Bible. Ideas, concepts, what the Holy Spirit is saying to you…these will all come in handy later as you are reflecting on what God did during this time of spiritual growth in your life.
Is anyone else rocked by the discussion between Jesus and the rich young ruler in 19:16-25?. A great question on the part of the disciples: “who then can be saved?” Better answer on the part of Jesus: “with man, this is impossible, but with God, all things are possible”. There is hope for us!
In Chapter 20, there is an exchange between Jesus and the mother of a couple of His disciples. It is kind of funny, in that we see a typical mom wanting to arrange favorable treatment for her kids. Little did she understand that what she was asking was a little more than she was prepared to live through. Jesus uses this opportunity to teach us the value of humility and servanthood.
Chapter 21 marks the beginning of last days of ministry for Jesus. Is it a good idea to cross-reference some of these stories with what the other Gospel writers have to say. Jesus’ prophecies about the last days of earth is also an interesting read. I hope it brings comfort and confidence to you all. Here is a group that I want to be sure to be a part of: Matthew 24:31 “And He will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.” (NIV)
Maybe as you read the account of the institution of the Lord’s Supper in Matthew 26, you will be inspired to celebrate communion individually.
One final thought as we conclude Matthew:
I am sad about the tendency that we have to follow the example of the Disciples in 26:56 and of Peter in 26:69-74.
On a side note, between my commitment to read through the New Testament with everyone and my preparations for preaching through the series, I am spending a LOT more time in scripture than normal. I can already tell the difference.
Tomorrow (Wednesday): Mark 1-8