Matthew 27

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Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children.

– Matthew 27:25

If only they knew their true need for His blood to be upon them and their children? The perfect passover Lamb was standing before them, ready to be lead silently to the slaughter. But in their seething anger they could see neither their desperate need or the satisfaction of their need before their eyes.

Amazingly, a short time later; after Jesus’ death, burial, resurrection and ascension to heaven they would be angry at the preaching of Christ’s disciples, and the same gathering of religious leaders would say to the disciples, “Did we not strictly command you not to teach in this name? And look, you have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this Man’s blood on us!” Didn’t they just say, “His blood be on us, and our children“?

Helpful Resources

Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon

Books on the Gospels

Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah” by Alfred Edersheim

Matthew 26

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“Assuredly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be told as a memorial to her.”

– Matthew 26:13

An unnamed woman (at least in Matthew’s Gospel) poured out all that she had in worship of Jesus. Some in the room were upset by the offering. But Jesus pronounced a blessing upon her and said, “This that she has done will be told as a memorial to her wherever the gospel is preached.” Two thousand years later His word is still being fulfilled and her story continues to be told.

What an awesome display of worship!

Today’s Goal

What do you have to give as worship to the Lord today. One this is certain, He won’t think it a waste.

Helpful Resources

Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon

Books on the Gospels

Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah” by Alfred Edersheim

Matthew 25

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If Matthew 24 is a word on the end of the age and the coming of Christ then Matthew 25 is primarily about our response to the teach. This is the application for our lives. If we believe that Jesus will one day return, how shall we then live?

The Olivet Discourse (Matthew 24 and 25) ends with words of application in the form of illustrations and parable (24:37 – 25:46). The ultimate teaching is clear; until Jesus returns faithful servants are those that are watching and waiting and working for the King and His kingdom. Because one day the King will return, usher in His kingdom and reward His faithful servants.

Today’s Goal

Jesus promised that He would return. He hasn’t come back yet. That means there is a lot of work to do till He does. Don’t be a spectator. Get serving!

Helpful Resources

Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon

Books on the Gospels

Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah” by Alfred Edersheim

Matthew 24

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This may be one of the most oft studied chapters of Matthew’s Gospel, but tragically I think it is one of the most misunderstood and misinterpreted. Matthew 24 is the opening of what is commonly referred to as the “Olivet Discourse,” because it was delivered by Jesus while seated upon the Mount of Olives, overlooking the temple in ancient Jerusalem. Many modern evangelicals are drawn to this passage because it is the longest eschatological teaching of Jesus in the Scriptures. I’m certain that I could spend a huge amount of time writing and talking about this passage, but I won’t. That said, I think there is one important point I’d like to draw your attention to.

Jesus’ disciples ask Him some questions at the open of this chapter that many of us would like the answer to: “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?” Jesus begins by informing His followers what are not the signs. Unfortunately, unless we read His response carefully, we’ll wrongly teach these signs as the signs, when Jesus said they’re not.

Don’t be deceived. False Christs; wars and rumors of wars; famines, pestilence and earthquakes in various places; tribulation, false prophets, and lawlessness (according to Jesus) are not the signs of His coming. A careful reading of Matthew 24:4-14 makes this clear. These things are “the beginning of sorrows,” but “the end is not yet.” This is the description of life in a fallen world, but every time there is a great war, a famine, a massive earthquake and increased persecution Christians start to say, “This is the end!” Don’t be deceived… this is life in a fallen world.

I’ve already written too much. What’s the sign of the end?

“Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place” (whoever reads, let him understand), … “For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be.

– Matthew 24:15 & 21

Today’s Goal

Don’t get caught up in the hysteria of Bible prophecy cryptography. Just be a student of the Scriptures. And don’t be afraid when you see all the craziness of the world. The last words of the Bible make it clear. In the end, He wins!

Helpful Resources

Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

Read the Scriptures at Bible.com

Download the YouVersion Bible App

Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon

Books on the Gospels

Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah” by Alfred Edersheim

Matthew 23

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Eight times in this chapter Jesus calls the religious elites of His day “hypocrites.” Eight times He pronounces “woe” (judgment) upon them. Their religious hypocrisy made heaven inaccessible. Their religious piety was an external show, but secretly they took advantage of the disadvantaged. They paid scrupulous attention to certain aspects of God’s law while treating people with merciless injustice. They spent excessive time perfecting the pageantry of religion and external righteousness, but inwardly their wicked hearts remained untouched.

Every time I read Matthew 23 I am struck by how easy it is to become a pharisee.

Helpful Resources

Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

Read the Scriptures at Bible.com

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Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon

Books on the Gospels

Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah” by Alfred Edersheim

Matthew 22

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“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?”

– Matthew 22:36

From very young, every Jewish child was taught the answer to this great question. One of the first passages a Jewish child would learn and memorize was from Deuteronomy 6. There the Children of Israel were instructed to “teach diligently their children” this great truth: “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one! You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.”

Though I am not Jewish, I still think this is a great truth to instruct and teach diligently my children.

Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ “This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ “On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

– Matthew 22:37-40

Today’s Goal

Memorize the greatest commandment!

Helpful Resources

Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

Read the Scriptures at Bible.com

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Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon

Books on the Gospels

Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah” by Alfred Edersheim

Matthew 21

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Matthew 21 is an amazing chapter. It moves from triumphant entry with the multitudes proclaiming Jesus as Messiah, to the religious establishment plotting His destruction. It’s phenomenal how quickly the tide changes; from “Hosanna” to “Crucify Him” in a matter of days.

Helpful Resources

Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

Read the Scriptures at Bible.com

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Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon

Books on the Gospels

Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah” by Alfred Edersheim

Matthew 20

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“Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant. And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave.”

– Matthew 20:26-27

Again the topic is greatness and the path is service. Jesus calls His followers to servant leadership. Not only does He call us unto it, but He also was the great example of it as He came to serve and not be served.

Today’s Goal

How can you be a servant today? Find a way and be Christlike in your service.

Helpful Resources

Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon

Books on the Gospels

Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah” by Alfred Edersheim

Matthew 19

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Now behold, one came and said to Him, “Good Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life?

– Matthew 19:16

Just as in Chapter 18, Matthew 19 presents another interesting (and seemingly presumptuous) request, and instead of a rebuke, Jesus gives the answer. He does so because He wants people to “have eternal life.” He came to give life and that more abundantly.

Helpful Resources

Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

Read the Scriptures at Bible.com

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Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon

Books on the Gospels

Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah” by Alfred Edersheim

Matthew 18

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At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”

– Matthew 18:1

The simple answer to the disciples question would be “Jesus.” Be that as it may, I find it interesting that Jesus doesn’t chastise the disciples for there (seemingly presumptuous) question. Instead He teaches them an important Kingdom lesson on greatness.

Apparently Jesus wants us to aspire to greatness in His Kingdom, but greatness in His Kingdom is granted on far different terms than in ours.

Today’s Goal

Aspire to Kingdom greatness on Kingdom terms.

Helpful Resources

Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

Read the Scriptures at Bible.com

Download the YouVersion Bible App

Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon

Books on the Gospels

Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah” by Alfred Edersheim