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Matthew 1:1

Matthew 1:1

From the very first verse in Matthew's gospel to the closing statement in John's Apocalypse, the focal figure of the New Testament is Jesus Christ.. and the thrilling testimony is salvation by grace through faith, to all who believe.

Although this long list of descendants, trailing back through David to Abraham, may appear to be somewhat meaningless, it date-stamps legitimacy on the authority, authenticity and ancestry on read more...

Matthew 1:18

Matthew 1:18

Christ's kingly lineage was traced back from Joseph, the husband of Mary.. through David's kingly line to Israel's celebrated forefather, Abraham - through whom all the families of the earth were to be blessed. They were to be blessed by Christ, the only begotten Son of the Father, Who was full of grace and truth.

It was our Lord Jesus Christ, the incarnate Word of God Who was to be born of Mary, the betrothed wife of Joseph the read more...

Matthew 1:21

Matthew 1:21

Christ is born in Bethlehem, is the line of a much-loved carol, but those words are pregnant with meaning, for the birth of this baby was for a divine purpose, Christ was born as part of God's eternal plan for man. Jesus was born to save His people from their sins and Joseph, the carpenter from Nazareth was given the divine office and responsibility of becoming earthly father to God's only begotten, heavenly Son, and he was further instructed to give this read more...

Matthew 1:22

Matthew 1:22

The Jews are the target audience of Matthew's gospel, and many prophecies relating to Jesus are found in his writings. Matthew opens by announcing that Jesus is the Son of David and son of Abraham, and throughout his gospel, Matthew refers to things which were fulfilled by Old Testament prophets - "as it was written.."

Matthew records Micah's prophecy of His birth in Bethlehem. He quotes from Isaiah, Malachi, Psalms read more...

Matthew 1:23

Matthew 1:23

Sometimes we are so familiar with the words of Scripture that we fail to see the enormity of their content. Sometimes the Word of God has become so commonplace in our lives that we have lost the eternal context and significance of God’s eternal plans and purposes.

God, the omnipotent; omniscient; infinite; eternal; omnipresent; immutable; holy creator of the world and the universe - with all its visible and invisible element, read more...

Matthew 2:6

Matthew 2:6

Each of the four gospels has its own emphasis, and Matthew's target audience are the Jewish people. Throughout his gospel, Matthew makes numerous references to prophetic scriptures in the Old Testament. He skillfully introduced people and prophecies in his writings, to show that they have their fulfilment in the Lord Jesus Christ, His ministry and His mission.

As if to lay the foundation for his specific focus, Matthew begins his read more...

Matthew 2:11

Matthew 2:11

Sages, from far away eastern lands, travelled a great distance, because they heard that the King of the Jews had been born. They were divinely guided, and followed a star that rose in the east – which would lead them to Jesus.

Some suggest that they were descendants of wise men, who had been taught by Daniel the prophet, that 490 years would pass, from the issuing of the decree to rebuild the city of Jerusalem and the House of God – until the read more...

Matthew 3:11

Matthew 3:11

John the Baptist was speaking directly to many unrepentant and prideful Pharisees and Sadducees, whom he scolded with various blistering accusations. He called them 'a fruitless generation of vipers', whom God, in His wrath, was preparing to chop down and cast into the fire.

They boasted of being 'children of God', because they were Abrahams physical descendants. However, they were ill-prepared to harken to John's voice in the read more...

Matthew 3:15

Matthew 3:15

Jesus travelled all the way from Galilee to be baptised of John in the Jordan. It was not a baptism of repentance, for which John was commissioned of God, (in order to prepare the nation of Israel for their coming Messiah), but in order to fulfil all righteousness.

The young carpenter of Nazareth was God incarnate, Who in His humility had kept every aspect of God's holy Law, and His baptism in the Jordan was an essential read more...

Matthew 3:17

Matthew 3:17

It was at the start of Christ's ministry that Jesus walked from His home-town in Galilee to the River Jordan to be baptised by John; to be anointed by the Holy Spirit and to be confirmed as God's only Begotten Son and Israel's promised Messiah - and the significance of Christ's baptism is staggering.

John was the final Old Testament prophet of God who like his predecessors was calling the people of Israel to repent, and to turn read more...

Matthew 4:1

Matthew 4:1

The heavens opened, and the Holy Spirit descended and rested on the Lord Jesus as God pronounced, This is My beloved Son – hear Him, and then immediately we read that after this, Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, to be tempted by the devil. After the Jordan blessing came the wilderness testings.

Jesus was not tempted to prove His worth to the Father – for He had already received Divine read more...

Matthew 4:4

Matthew 4:4

Before Jesus was to embark on His earthly ministry and set out on His three year march to the cross it was necessary for Him to demonstrate that He was qualified to act as the federal Head of God's new creation of mankind. The first man.. Adam had failed in his assignment, but as the last Man - the last Adam, Jesus Christ, must prove Himself qualified for the task of Kinsman-Redeemer - to the lost race of mankind.

His link with read more...

Matthew 5:2

Matthew 5:2

Christ’s Sermon on the Mount is interpreted by various groups differently. Some suggest that Jesus is setting out a message of salvation – live this way and you will be saved and go to heaven. Others identify it as the perfect way to live, if humanity is to bring in everlasting peace and prosperity onto the earth.

Some suggest that this only applies to Christ’s Jewish disciples, during His pre-cross ministry, while others suggest that this is to be the standard required read more...

Matthew 5:3

Matthew 5:3

God had promised Israel a Messiah, who would destroy their enemies and set up an earthly kingdom of peace and prosperity in the land that He gave to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. This knowledge permeated Old Testament scriptures - and when the prophetic voice of John the Baptist announced the arrival of their long-awaited King, and called the errant nation to repentance.. a wave of excitement swept the land.

News about Jesus spread read more...

Matthew 5:4

Matthew 5:4

Israel had been called to repent nationally by John the Baptist before being introduced, by him, to their promised Messiah – Light of the world. Jesus was that true Light. He was God’s anointed Son, Who was to proclaim His sovereign authority over heaven and earth, and His rightful place on the everlasting throne of David.

It appears read more...

Matthew 5:6

Matthew 5:6

Although written specifically to the Jewish nation this verse in Matthew has a wonderful application to all church age believers – the Lord specifically said that people were blessed who hungered and thirsted for righteousness… and in Proverbs we are challenged that whoever pursues righteousness and kindness will find it , they will find life, righteousness, and honour - yet a few verses later Jesus warned us that unless your righteousness is better than the read more...

Matthew 5:7

Matthew 5:7

The beautiful beatitudes of Christ's 'sermon on the mount' outline the ideal attributes that should be found in all citizens of heaven. They list and describe the constitution and character that our heavenly Father desires from each of His blood-bought children. This in-depth description of the one who is blessed beyond compare, is only addressed to those that are saved.. and seeking to follow Christ as a true disciple - the one who is prepared to take up read more...

Matthew 5:8

Matthew 5:8

Too often, when we look at a verse in scripture, we interpret it from a present-day, human viewpoint, rather in its biblical context and from God's perspective - and this is one such verse. Many look at this verse and say: “ah! If I am pure in heart, then I will see God. I want to see God.. so I will do this good thing and perform that righteous act, to make sure that I am pure in heart - and then I will see God'.

“If my heart read more...

Matthew 5:9

Matthew 5:9

Man seeks after empty happiness and longs for peace in a world at war, but the child of God, who has been saved by grace through the sacrificial work of Christ on Calvary's cross gains more than happiness, for He is blessed to have peace with His God through the forgiveness of sin and is enabled to receive that peace that passes understanding as he remains in right relationship with Him, through the Lord Jesus Christ.

There read more...

Matthew 5:13

Matthew 5:13

The Church is the body of Christ and in His absence from the world we are called to be the salt of the earth and yet we are also warned that if salt loses it saltiness it is good for nothing, other than to be thrown out and trampled under foot.

Then as now salt has a number of important purposes. This was especially so in the time of Christ, when synthetic alternatives and refrigeration were unavailable. One use for salt is to read more...

Matthew 5:14

Matthew 5:14

As members of Christ’s body, we are called to be salt and light in a darkened world that is sick and putrefying and in need of Christ’s healing, wholeness light and life. But in a world that is at enmity with God and has in general rejected the good news of the glorious gospel of Christ, this is no easy matter – and we are likely to come up against much resistance to our message of hope and much personal rejection and even hatred, abuse or read more...

Matthew 5:16

Matthew 5:16

When God redeemed us through the precious blood of Jesus Christ, our eternal future was assured forever. And as we live as strangers in an alien world, where Satan has become the god of this world for a season, we are blessed indeed for it is God who works in us, both to will and to do to His good pleasure.

In other words the good works that we do in spirit and truth are not our own good works, for of ourselves we can do nothing that is worthy of read more...

Matthew 5:17

Matthew 5:17

The Law was a large body of rules and regulations given to Israel through Moses, which was summed up in the moral principles of the 10 Commandments. It could not provide Salvation but was God's tool to reveal our sinfulness, to bring us to repentance and to point us to Christ - our sinless-Saviour and kinsman-Redeemer.

Adam's sin in the garden placed all men under the curse of death, and God gave the Law to a tiny segment of read more...

Matthew 5:18

Matthew 5:18

The Lord Jesus had just announced that He did not come to destroy the Law but to fulfil both the Law and the prophetic writings and then He continued to explain that not until heaven and earth pass away will the smallest jot or tiniest tittle of the Law pass - for all things had to be accomplished. Many use this to insist that the Mosaic Law is part of Church age doctrine without looking into the incredible significance of this one statement of our Lord.

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Matthew 5:20

Matthew 5:20

Someone has suggested that the key to Christ’s Sermon on the Mount lies in verse 20, which tells us that unless we are more righteous than the scribes and Pharisees of Christ’s day, we will not even enter the kingdom of heaven. The external virtue and exterior purity of these religious men was not sufficient to grant them a place in Christ’s coming kingdom – no wonder there is confusion about Christ’s Sermon on the Mount.

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Matthew 5:48

Matthew 5:48

Perfect God and perfect man commands us to be perfect, as our heavenly Father is perfect. On the surface it seems like an impossible, unreasonable even thoughtless request because God knows that we are a sinful race, with a fallen nature and that there is no way that we could ever obey this command.

God’s eternal plan for man is so designed that we are unable to obey His commands in our own strength, but He will allow us to read more...

Matthew 6:1

Matthew 6:1

Much of Christ's sermon on the mount was on the righteousness behaviour that God expects and demands from those who by faith in God have become His children, by faith.

Jesus did not say that we would become children of God by exhibiting righteous behaviour, for by righteous works of the flesh shall no man living be justified. Rather He was teaching that godly behaviour and righteous deeds would read more...

Matthew 6:5

Matthew 6:5

As one reads through Christ's sermon of the mount, it can be noticed, from start to finish, that it follows a very logical sequence, where one topic flows coherently into the next.

Just as Moses laid out God's law to Israel on Mount Sinai, so we find Jesus, Israel's anointed King, presenting a comprehensive constitution of His coming kingdom, which delivers a synopsis of His character and conduct - His mission and mentality.

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Matthew 6:6

Matthew 6:6

Prayer is one of the most vital and special prerogatives that Christians have been afforded, in this Church age. Through the blood of Christ, Christians in this Church dispensation, have been given access into the throne-room of God, and as His children, we have been given the right to draw near to Him with boldness, so that we may receive mercy, and find grace for help in time of need.

It was part way through the famous, 'sermon read more...

Matthew 6:9

Matthew 6:9

The Father of glory resides in heaven and His name is to be hallowed, treated with reverence and set apart from all others. God began to unveil Himself to His creation in the beginning. As time passed, this revealing of Himself to man, often came through the many Names that He called Himself - each one disclosing one more beautiful facet of the immortal, invisible only-wise God of grace – hallowed be His name.

Our first glimpse read more...

Matthew 6:9

Matthew 6:9

There was something unique and so very special about the prayer-life of our Lord that it caused his disciples to ask, teach us to pray. They did not ask to be taught to teach or preach – to heal or to change water into wine – but their desire was to pray as Christ prayed and so they came to Him and said, Lord, teach us to pray.

Christ did not give them a 5-point lesson on the art of praying but a read more...

Matthew 6:11

Matthew 6:11

The quiet, unassuming prayer life of the Lord Jesus was very different from the showy pomposity of Israel's religious leaders, whose presumptions prayers were designed for the ears of other people and were not offered to our Father in heaven.

The intimate prayer life of the Lord Jesus, with His heavenly Father, was very different from anything the world had ever witnessed before. No wonder, therefore, that Luke's gospel records read more...

Matthew 6:12

Matthew 6:12

Jesus made some blistering criticism of the hypocritical Pharisees of His day. They liked to flaunt their 'righteous' deeds, and often made a great public performance of their prayers. Their proud hearts were not broken by sin and their long, repetitive invocations were insincere. Their prayers were not directed to God, but were turned into a drama, for the benefit of passers-by.

Jesus condemned their vain, repetitive prayers and read more...

Matthew 6:13

Matthew 6:13

When we pray we are called to be sincere in our prayers and to pray into the will of God, for He will not answer insincere or selfish prayers that conflict with His nature and will.

The pattern of prayer that Jesus taught His disciples was to demonstrate that we should reverence Him as our Father in heaven, glorify His holy name and pray into His perfect plan.. His heavenly purpose and His eternal will.

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Matthew 6:19

Matthew 6:19

The Lord Jesus knows that the human heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked and that an attitude of materialistic, money-orientated consumerism will degenerate into greed, covetousness, double-mindedness and a divided heart - for we cannot serve mammon and God at the same time. Love of money and love for God cannot co-exist - one or the other will always reign supreme in the heart of man.

But the Lord also read more...

Matthew 6:20

Matthew 6:20

A right attitude towards wealth and material possessions is a mark of spirituality. However, when a wrong attitude starts to develop, it gives birth to a range of ungodly motives and behaviours.

Materialism can enslave the heart, entrap the mind, subjugate the soul and suppress the will of a believer. And when a man or woman elevates earthly possessions above their heavenly investments, they become shackled to the temporal things read more...

Matthew 6:21

Matthew 6:21

How important that we hold this world's wealth and wisdom, together with position and power very lightly, for what we treasure in our hearts will become that which we worship.

We brought nothing into this world and will take nothing out of it and yet too often we spend the majority of our time accumulating unimportant things, and glorifying in the gaudy trinkets of this temporal world, at the expense of storing up a heavenly read more...

Matthew 6:22

Matthew 6:22

The entire Mosaic Law was given to Israel through Moses, and its essence is encapsulated within the 10 commandments. Keeping the Law did not save a person, but was designed to show a man his sinfulness - with the intention of driving sinners to God, for His gracious salvation - which would be procured through the blood of the New Covenant.

One small segment of all humanity, (the nation of Israel), was the sample of read more...

Matthew 6:24

Matthew 6:24

Too often a demarcation line is laid between the material things in life and the spiritual things of God - between what we say and do in our Christian life, and what takes place during the rest of the time. This is often reflected in our attitude towards our material possessions. Ones attitude towards wealth is a good indicator of ones virtue.. and ones perspective on the material is a legitimate barometer of a man's spirituality.

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Matthew 6:26

Matthew 6:26

This is a verse about the foolishness of worry and the faithfulness of God as our gracious Provider – but too often we worry about the things in this life. We can be anxious about the future and we can fret about the past – we can worry about our finances, our families and our futures – our reputation, our relationships, and yet the Lord points out the futility of worry – for if He provides for the little bird, how much more will He provide for those that read more...

Matthew 6:29

Matthew 6:29

When the Lord tried to get His point across to the disciples, (and to us), He often did it in the simplest of terms, with the use of unimportant, everyday mundane things. What is more insignificant than a little wayside flower – and yet Christ used a simple wild lily to demonstrate the gracious care and loving concern He has for each of His blood-bought children. Consider the lilies of the field. They neither no sew nor spin – but God tends for them. read more...

Matthew 6:31

Matthew 6:31

How easy it is to start to worry about the necessities of life and to become anxious when we see that food is getting scarce; clothes are getting worn; the rent is overdue or when we have to face the loss of a job or a home.

All such things are considered to be the basic needs and necessities of life and how easy it is to find our heart racing and our minds spinning when we lack the basics that sustain our mortal life. But worry read more...

Matthew 6:33

Matthew 6:33

Not one word in scripture is superfluous and when the word BUT starts a sentence it is a conjunction of contrast - it is a word that introduces an opposite outcome and is a clue that the upcoming statement is about to qualify something important. Having taught His disciples to pray to the Father in faith, Christ has given a long dissertation on the futility of fretting, the fruitlessness of worry and the anxiety that is caused when our primary attention read more...

Matthew 7:1

Matthew 7:1

Jesus had been teaching His disciples the principles and practice of righteousness in the life of a believer and the spiritual priorities that should govern our behaviour. He emphasised the importance of living our lives in dependence upon Him - and charged us to live our life as unto the Lord and not for the applause of men.

As Christ draws His extended sermon on the mount to a close He starts to give the godly perspective on read more...

Matthew 7:7

Matthew 7:7

We are to ask – we are to present our simple petitions to the One that has promised to provide all our needs and to comfort all our heartaches. We are to ask and keep on asking, with full assurance that He hears our cry and answers the prayer that is offered in faith, and in line with His will.

We are to seek – we are to apply ourselves diligently and earnestly, as we search out all the jewels and the little surprises that are hidden in the Word read more...

Matthew 7:12

Matthew 7:12

“Do unto others what you would have them do unto you' is often referred to by both believers and non-believers as “the golden rule'. It is often considered to be the root of our Christian faith .. but this is a misinterpretation of this scripture and a misunderstanding of this biblical passage.

The implication is that this 'golden rule' is the singular foundation upon which the Christian life is built, read more...

Matthew 7:13

Matthew 7:13

In His Sermon on the Mount it was not a great multitude of people that heard Christ's important discourse, for Jesus was only teaching His disciples. It was only the followers of Christ who came to Him.. who were taught the many truths in this important passage of Scripture. We read that when Christ saw the multitudes, He went up into a mountain and His disciples came to Him and Jesus started to teach these important truths to His followers - alone.

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Matthew 7:21

Matthew 7:21

Jesus identified Himself as the good Shepherd of the sheep. He warned His disciples that many false prophets would arise, seeking to lead them astray. He referred to them as 'ferocious wolves', and explained that the fruit of professing prophets, priests, pastors or teachers would help to confirm them as legitimate ministers of Christ or identify them as a counterfeit.

Jesus explained read more...

Matthew 8:26

Matthew 8:26

Whether or not this was a satanic attack on the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ or simply one of the many violent storms for which the Sea of Galilee is noted.. this was a tremendous and dangerous tempest.. for even seasoned fishermen like Peter and the sons of Zebedee, were terrified at its ferocity.

But the Lord Jesus was abiding in the Father and resting in His love, despite the ordeal that the little crew were read more...

Matthew 10:5

Matthew 10:5

It is very important to understand that Jesus was specifically sent, by God, to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. He was to execute God’s many promises of a kingdom on earth and to fulfil the many prophecies that spoke of peace and prosperity for God’s chosen nation. If the gospels are read without recognising this important issue it is possible to misinterpret many gospel passages.

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Matthew 11:14

Matthew 11:14

At the very end of Malachi we read: "Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD. He will turn the hearts of fathers to their children and turn the hearts of children to their fathers - but if they do not believe, I will come and strike the land with a curse."

Following this final prophesy in Malachi, we have the gospel of Matthew, which opens with "a read more...

Matthew 11:28

Matthew 11:28

The heavy yoke of bondage to sin is the weighty burden we all have to carry on the treadmill of life, which causes physical weariness; spiritual fatigue and emotional exhaustion. But Christ’s invitation to “COME,” brings rest to the weary; comfort for the hurting and solace to our heavily-laden soul.

Jesus is the well-spring of Life and the Light that has come into the world, to give hope to all who will trust on His name read more...

Matthew 11:29

Matthew 11:29

These beautiful words follow Christ's severe denunciation of certain cities in Israel, who had collectively rejected their Messiah. But we who have believed on His Word and have become God's children by grace through faith, have received eternal truths that are hidden from those that are wise in their own conceit - but revealed to us who trust Christ.

Jesus lived as man in the way that God desires all His children to live - in read more...

Matthew 11:30

Matthew 11:30

The opposition to Jesus Christ increased over the years, but the imprisonment of John the Baptist seemed to be a turning point in His ministry. "He who has ears to hear, let him hear", were words of warning that were spoken at this time... and soon the prophecy of Isaiah would be fulfilled, when Jesus started to teach His disciples in parables, "that having eyes they do not see and having ears they will not hear".

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Matthew 12:20

Matthew 12:20

No one spoke like this Man and the tender words that accompany His work should soothe the soul of the one that is lost and discouraged and getting to their own breaking point - it should bind up the heart of those that are broken by sin – for all humanity is a bruised and breaking reed – all mankind is a smouldering wick that is in need of a Saviour.

This was the ministry for which God the Father sent His Son into the world read more...

Matthew 12:36

Matthew 12:36

Some of Paul's important teachings to the Christian Church, regarding elders, deacons and those that are called to oversee church congregations and Christian fellowships, is recorded in this little book of first Timothy.

Paul writes an extended discourse on the character and constitution of those who desire to become elders in the local church of God. Such a man should be humble in their service and blameless in their lives. They read more...

Matthew 12:48

Matthew 12:48

Although Christ was the eternal God, Who created heaven and earth, He had to be born into the human race so that He could fully identify with those He came to save.

To fulfil Bible prophecy, Jesus was born into a Jewish family in the kingly line of David. His mother was Mary; His step-father was Joseph and He had a number of younger read more...

Matthew 13:9

Matthew 13:9

God sent His only begotten Son into the world and He expects us to listen to Him. God speaks to us through His Word:- His living Word: (the Lord Jesus Christ) and His written Word (the Holy Scriptures) and God has called us to 'hear Him', because faith comes by hearing and hearing from the Word of God. And many times in scripture we are admonished: he who hath ears to hear, let him hear.

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Matthew 13:14

Matthew 13:14

The prophesized Messiah of Israel had come to deliver His people from the bondage of sin, but they rejected Him. The King of the Jews had come to set up His promised kingdom (where God rules over all) but the nation denounced the Lord Jesus and accused Him of casting out demons, by the power of Satan, and in rebellion would cry: we will not have this Man to rule over us.

A critical moment had arrived when the read more...

Matthew 13:38

Matthew 13:38

It was after the Jewish leadership had accused the Lord Jesus of performing miracles, by the power of Satan, that Christ started to speak in parables. Isaiah had prophesised that those with hardened hearts of unbelief would not understand the eternal significance of the gospel of Christ. Their hearts were closed towards the Lord and their ears were dull of hearing the truth.

The disciples however, had a desire to know the truth, read more...

Matthew 14:13

Matthew 14:13

Although Jesus was fully God, He was also fully Man. Although the eternal Son of God, Who was the exact representation of the Father, Jesus was also a Man - a perfect Man but with human limitations just as we are. And so because of His humanity He is able to sympathise with the many weaknesses of mortal man - our physical weariness; mental exhaustion.. the limitation of this body of flesh and blood, and He understands our deepest spiritual needs. He is able to read more...

Matthew 14:27

Matthew 14:27

As the disciples struggled to keep their little boat afloat in the midst of the tempestuous storm that raged across the sea, Jesus came to them, walking on the water. No wonder that they all screamed out in terror. This was something that was outside their experience and fear was the emotion that gripped them all. But Jesus immediately reassured them by calling out, Have courage, it is I.

Did you see that? Jesus called out to them, immediately. His read more...

Matthew 14:31

Matthew 14:31

The storms of life may be used by God to chasten or discipline us OR to perfect and refine us (or both) - as little by little, His Spirit uses the turbulent circumstances of life to transform us into the image and likeness of His dear Son.

God used the tempestuous ocean waves to correct the rebellious Jonah, and He used the same raging seas to develop, increase and perfect the faith of Peter and the other disciples.

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Matthew 14:33

Matthew 14:33

The disciples had just seen the Lord Jesus feed 5000 men with a few small loaves and fishes; walk right to the middle of the Sea of Galilee on the surface of the water to join the disciples on their fishing boat; give Peter the authority and power to walk on water himself - and then witness him being rescued from drowning by the strong arm of the Lord Jesus when his faith failed! No wonder that all those in the boat were in filled with wonder and amazement.. and read more...

Matthew 15:11

Matthew 15:11

As the end of Christ's earthly ministry drew ever closer the conflict with Israel's hypocritical leaders continued to escalate. Christ's great concern was truth and love, but His truth exposed their hypocrisy and His compassion unmasked a cold indifference to the lost sheep of the house of Israel and a distain for the gentiles who were dead in their sins and without God in the world.

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Matthew 15:24

Matthew 15:24

When man sinned, God determined in his heart to redeem mankind. All humanity had been infected with sin, but God's redemptive plan, was designed to circumnavigate the wiles of the devil, through a people of faith. His mission and ministry was to redeem people out of the kingdom of darkness, into the kingdom of His dear Son.

Israel was chosen to be the nation, through whom all the families of the earth would be blessed. And read more...

Matthew 16:15

Matthew 16:15

Speculation about the identity and origin of Jesus Christ was equally widespread among the people of the first century as it is within today’s modern generation. Imaginations overflowed with ideas and postulations of where He was from and who He could be and why He had come and what they should do about Him. There were some equally preposterous suggestions then as to Who they thought that Jesus of Nazareth - the Son of Man was, as there are in this day and read more...

Matthew 16:16

Matthew 16:16

What simple yet what profound words were uttered by Simon Peter in response to the question that Jesus asked His disciples – Whom do YOU say that I AM. This is the fundamental question that every man and woman born into the human race has to face at one time or another – Whom do YOU say Jesus Christ is? – What think ye of Jesus of Nazareth?

There is of course only one correct answer and every answer that conflicts with read more...

Matthew 16:18

Matthew 16:18

The conclusion that every man and woman born into the human race has to make at one time or another, is the answer to the eternally significant question, what think ye of Christ, who do you say He is? It was the Spirit of God that moved Peter to make the earth-shattering, yet correct answer, You are the Messiah, the Christ – the Son of the living God. Peter trusted in Jesus as His Saviour and even when Satan sought to sift Peter as wheat, the read more...

Matthew 16:24

Matthew 16:24

Though Matthew was written predominantly to call Israel as a nation to repent – i.e. to turn away from spiritual adultery and in so doing to turn TO their promised Messiah, much was written to instruct Christ’s own disciples and to bring them to an understanding of who the Messiah was, what the Messiah came to do and how believing on the Messiah and following after Him would affect their own lives.

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Matthew 16:25

Matthew 16:25

When man sinned, he placed self on the throne of his life in place of God, but unless a believer learns the hard lesson of self-denial and sets out to live his life for Christ alone, by denying self; taking up his cross; living for Christ and identifying with Him - his life will be fruitless.

Just as Christ identified with us and became sin for us so we might be made the righteousness of God in Him - we too are to identify with read more...

Matthew 16:26

Matthew 16:26

A true disciple is one that denies self and lives for Christ, rather than ignoring the commands of the Lord Jesus, by living for themselves. A real disciple is one that abides in Christ, takes up his cross and follows Him, rather than ignoring the way of the cross and following the way of the world.

A genuine disciple is a man or woman who will forsake the things of this world by losing their life and dying to self, rather than read more...

Matthew 17:5

Matthew 17:5

Only days before Christ's spectacular transfiguration.. where the majesty of His holiness and the brightness of His glory shone out from the Lord Jesus on that holy mount, we discover Him telling His followers that a day was fast approaching when He would come in His Father's glory to set up His promised kingdom. It was as He was teaching this important truth that Christ added that.. some who were standing amongst them would not die until they had seen the Son of read more...

Matthew 18:15

Matthew 18:15

Christ gave a beautiful lesson in humility and meekness, when He set a little child in the midst of His disciples, to exemplify what our Christian lives should be like. And there continues to be a great need for humility in the church today, but the cost of true humility is high.

Too often today we quickly react to the offences of others with caustic remarks.. or an unkind attitude against a brother or sister.. who has read more...

Matthew 18:20

Matthew 18:20

How we rejoice to know that where two or three are gathered together in the name of the Lord Jesus, He has promised to be there among us - for He is our living Head and we are all members of His body.

As believers we are the corporate body of Christ and when two or more members of Christ’s body are united in prayer or praise, thanksgiving or worship – we are in a small way fulfilling Christ’s high priestly prayer: that we read more...

Matthew 19:14

Matthew 19:14

The Lord our God is unknowable and yet in a wonderful way that Lord has made Himself known to the children of men. He started to reveal Himself to Adam at the dawn of time and thus began His ongoing revelation of Himself to humanity.  He slowly started to reveal each of His attributes in various ways to different people. It was an unveiling of His nature to human-kind, which started at creation and culminated with Christ.

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Matthew 19:26

Matthew 19:26

Words that fell from the lips of the Lord Jesus confound the minds of men today as much as they astonished Christ's disciples when they were first uttered. The rich young ruler was zealous in keeping the commandments and he was righteous in all his ways, as man counts goodness. But neither the multiplied wealth of humanity nor the proliferation of man's exemplary actions are sufficient payment to inherit eternal life, for the heart of humanity is incapable of read more...

Matthew 21:13

Matthew 21:13

At the start of His ministry the Lord Jesus was introduced to Israel by John the Baptist as the Lamb of God - the King and Messiah of the Jews. And from then on the Lord Jesus presented Himself to the nation.. as the Shepherd of Israel, Who would save His people from their sins. Here, at the end of His earthly ministry we see Christ offer an official and final presentation of Himself to the people of Israel, as their God, their King and their promised Messiah.. read more...

Matthew 21:15

Matthew 21:15

For a second time in His ministry the Lord Jesus drove out the corrupt, profiteering money-changers from the Temple court. They were charging exorbitant prices for the sacrificial animals that people needed to use as an offering to the Lord - likening them to a den of thieves and condemning their ungodly practices.

Both at the start and the close of His earthly ministry this act of Temple-cleansing was necessary, for priests and read more...

Matthew 21:43

Matthew 21:43

God’s plan and purpose for Israel was that through them all the nations of the earth would be blessed. They were to be the nation through whom the Messiah would be born. They were to be a light to the Gentiles and a people of righteousness. Not only were they given the Law and the prophets, but Israel is God’s adopted son and heirs of His kingdom promises.

Sadly, when their long-awaited Messiah arrived, the nation had fallen read more...

Matthew 22:9

Matthew 22:9

Jesus was the King of the Jews and the promised Messiah, Who had been specifically sent to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.. and although we are able to see tiny glimpses of the coming dispensation of grace during Christ's earthly ministry.. where the body of Christ, which is the Church.. would bring forth the fruit of the gospel of God - Christ's pre-cross ministry was in general directed towards His chosen people.. Israel.

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Matthew 22:37

Matthew 22:37

The Lord was asked a genuine question by one of the Pharisees: “which is the greatest commandment in the Mosaic Law,” and Jesus answer by quoting “the Shema”, Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one, Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength”, substituting the word ‘mind for the word ’strength’.

Love for God and love for others we are told, is read more...

Matthew 24:14

Matthew 24:14

Days before His crucifixion Christ was asked what would be the sign of the end of the age. Both John the Baptizer and Jesus Himself had been teaching the “Gospel Of The Kingdom' to none but the house of Israel, for Christ had come to set up His kingdom as Israel's Messiah-King. But He came to His own Jewish people who did not receive Him and they cried out together; we will not have this man to rule over us. Jesus had just wept over Jerusalem's read more...

Matthew 24:35

Matthew 24:35

The Word of the Lord stands fast for ever and ever and every aspect of God's Word is rooted and grounded in the Person and Work of the Lord Christ - the incarnate Son of God.

He is the eternal Word, Who was made in the likeness of mortal man. He is the crucified, risen, ascended and glorified Lord.. Who at the appointed time was manifest in the flesh, so that all who trust in Him for salvation would not perish, but have read more...

Matthew 24:45

Matthew 24:45

This is a parable about the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, when He returns to earth in power and great glory, to set up His visible Millennial kingdom as Israel's Messiah-King. It is a prophecy that will be finally realised at the end of Daniel's 70th week - following that terrible time of Jacob's Trouble.

Believers in this verse are warned to be alert and watchful, knowing that the return of the Lord is very close. And read more...

Matthew 25:23

Matthew 25:23

Like all the synoptic writings, the main function of Matthew was to preach the pre-cross, gospel of the kingdom, which was primarily addressed to the Jews, with a message of hope, for the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

Although there are many valuable lessons that Church-age saints can learn from this passage, both the parable of the ten virgins and the parable of the good and evil servants, are related to Israel, Christ's read more...

Matthew 25:31

Matthew 25:31

Today the Son of Man is seated on His Father's throne in heavenly splendour, but the day is coming when the Lord Jesus Christ will returns in the clouds, astride a white horse.. accompanied by thousands upon thousands of His holy angels - together with His faithful Church-age saints, all dressed in fine linen - clean and white .

The day is coming when the Son of Man will return in heavenly glory, to judge the gentiles; to fulfill read more...

Matthew 26:28

Matthew 26:28

Christ's life and ministry had been journeying towards the appointed time, when He would become Israel's final Passover sacrifice. Every year since their escape from Egypt, Jews and Jewish proselytes celebrated the Passover, which looked back to their salvation from Egyptian slavery, and forward to the promised Messiah, Whom John the Baptist identified as Jesus, the Lamb of God, Who takes away the sin of the world.

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Matthew 26:40

Matthew 26:40

Was it disinterest in their Master's sufferings that caused the disciples to fall asleep at this critical time in Christ's passion, or was it as suggested by Luke that they were overwhelmed with sleep on account of their own sorrow, which caused them all to slip into the safety of unconscious sleep? Exhaustion, fatigue, sorrow and grief at the shocking uncertainty of all that had crowded into their increasingly fearful hearts was clearly taking its toll, and read more...

Matthew 26:41

Matthew 26:41

The accelerating events leading up to Christ's sacrifice on the cross, are witnessed in these final chapters of Matthew's gospel as multiple prophecies of His passion spill onto the pages of holy writ.

Mary of Betheny had anointed Jesus with precious perfume from her alabaster box, in readiness for His fast approaching crucifixion. Judas had left to betray his Master and Jesus had instituted the Lord Supper, following that final read more...

Matthew 27:29

Matthew 27:29

A few days after His triumphal ride into Jerusalem amidst the cries of “Hosanna-save us,' we hear the crowd screaming: “Let His blood be on us and on our children.' And to placate the people and to fulfil the determinate will and counsel of God, Who loved the world so much that He gave His only begotten Son to die for the sin of the whole world - we see Jesus.. crucified on a Roman cross between two thieves.

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Matthew 27:35

Matthew 27:35

The King of Israel and Saviour of the world was crucified on Calvary's cross, between two thieves after having been falsely accused and sentenced to death at an illegal trial. The four gospels combine to describe glimpses of His betrayal, His arrest and some of the cruel treatment Jesus received at the hands of sinful men - yet He allowed Himself to be led as a lamb to the slaughter and opened not His mouth - and in so doing He fulfilled all things which were read more...

Matthew 27:42

Matthew 27:42

Some of the truths that are recorded about the cross are so shocking and so profound that they shake us to the core of our being, when we begin to comprehend the significance and poignancy of the eternal meaning behind them.

How true that the Lord Jesus had saved others for He went about doing good - and yet as these very words were being spat out of the mouths of those who ridiculed Him, at the foot of the cross, our Saviour was read more...

Matthew 27:46

Matthew 27:46

Numerous prophetic Scriptures were fulfilled during three hours of supernatural darkness that covered the entire earth, as God incarnated - the sinless Son of Man hung.. falsely accused; shockingly condemned to death; hated by humanity; mocked by the people; abhorred by the rulers; scorned by all - despised by those He loved and rejected by those He came to save- hung upon the cross. Truly our Saviour was a Man of deep sorrows and acquainted with inexpressible read more...

Matthew 27:54

Matthew 27:54

Surely the life of the centurion who uttered these earth-shattering words by divine revelation, was never the same again. Surely for all who can look to the Lord Jesus in His death and resurrection and declare, truly this is the Son of God - the Saviour of the world, life can never, ever be the same again.

No doubt this man was witness to the reviling actions of the Jews and the distress of the women, as Christ was read more...

Matthew 28:6

Matthew 28:6

It is a fact of history that Christ is risen from the dead. Christianity is an historical religion, and it is the historical cross of Christ, which saves people from their sins. Literal blood stained the wooden cross upon which our Saviour hung, and it was erected on a little hill called Calvary – outside the city gates of Jerusalem.

The stone was not rolled away to let Christ come out. It was rolled back by read more...

Matthew 28:18

Matthew 28:18

Christ fulfilled the righteousness of the Law, which qualified Him to pay the price for our sins on the cross. His death, burial and resurrection conquered sin and Satan. His death, burial and resurrection broke the power of sin and death forever - in the lives of all who would believe on His name. And as a result God gave Him all authority in heaven and on earth.

Because of His sacrificial death and glorious resurrection, God read more...

Matthew 28:19

Matthew 28:19

Just before His ascension the Lord gave the Church their great commission, to go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. But discipleship is not synonymous with becoming a Christian. True discipleship can only happen after salvation – for a disciple is one that learns of Christ and keeps on learning of Him

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Matthew 28:20

Matthew 28:20

Just before ascending to the Father in heaven, the Lord Jesus commissioned His followers to go and make disciples, of all the nations - teaching them to observe all things whatsoever He had commanded them, and then He made the most astonishing claim - and, lo, I am with you always... even unto the end of the world. Amen.

The Lord Jesus promised to be with His disciples for ever and for always. He promised to be with each read more...