Highlands: Matthew 11:1–19—Expectations About Jesus

We are in Part IV of our ongoing series in the book of Matthew. In the Gospel according to Matthew, Jesus is inviting us into a whole new way of life with a new set of values and a new type of community. Really, it’s a whole new Kingdom that is being established right here and right now in the middle of this world. And compared to some of the prevailing values of our culture, it’s a bit of an “upside down Kingdom.” It’s a Kingdom where the outcasts are welcomed, the humble are honored, enemies are loved, the poor are esteemed, strangers are befriended, and the guilty are forgiven. It’s a Kingdom where the King is enthroned on a cross, His victory comes through His death, and His death gives life to the world.

 

Downtown: Matthew 10:5–42—Instructions for the Mission

We are in Part IV of our ongoing series in the book of Matthew. In the Gospel according to Matthew, Jesus is inviting us into a whole new way of life with a new set of values and a new type of community. Really, it’s a whole new Kingdom that is being established right here and right now in the middle of this world. And compared to some of the prevailing values of our culture, it’s a bit of an “upside down Kingdom.” It’s a Kingdom where the outcasts are welcomed, the humble are honored, enemies are loved, the poor are esteemed, strangers are befriended, and the guilty are forgiven. It’s a Kingdom where the King is enthroned on a cross, His victory comes through His death, and His death gives life to the world.

 

Highlands: Matthew 10:5–42—Instructions for the Mission

We are in Part IV of our ongoing series in the book of Matthew. In the Gospel according to Matthew, Jesus is inviting us into a whole new way of life with a new set of values and a new type of community. Really, it’s a whole new Kingdom that is being established right here and right now in the middle of this world. And compared to some of the prevailing values of our culture, it’s a bit of an “upside down Kingdom.” It’s a Kingdom where the outcasts are welcomed, the humble are honored, enemies are loved, the poor are esteemed, strangers are befriended, and the guilty are forgiven. It’s a Kingdom where the King is enthroned on a cross, His victory comes through His death, and His death gives life to the world.

 

Matthew 10:1–4: The Sent Ones

For all of their notoriety, most people are very unfamiliar with who Jesus’ disciples actually were. Here, Matthew formally lists the twelve apostles by name in a way that highlights a few different aspects of the type community Jesus had come to build.

 

Matthew 10:1–4: The Sent Ones

For all of their notoriety, most people are very unfamiliar with who Jesus’ disciples actually were. Here, Matthew formally lists the twelve apostles by name in a way that highlights a few different aspects of the type community Jesus had come to build.

 

Matthew 9:35–38: The Shepherd & the Harvest

Jesus has certainly come to heal and transform individuals through His love and power, but He also commissions His followers to be agents of His healing power and love in a world that is ripe for a new kind of Kingdom and a new kind of King.

 

Matthew 9:35–38: The Shepherd & the Harvest

Jesus has certainly come to heal and transform individuals through His love and power, but He also commissions His followers to be agents of His healing power and love in a world that is ripe for a new kind of Kingdom and a new kind of King.

 

Matthew 9:18–34: What Will You Do with His Miracles?

Jesus heals the daughter of one of the rulers in their society, a woman with a stigmatized blood disease, men who were blind, and a man who was mute and demon-possessed. All of these stories highlight the power of Jesus to bring healing and restoration to anyone who believes.

 

Matthew 9:18–34: What Will You Do with His Miracles?

Jesus heals the daughter of one of the rulers in their society, a woman with a stigmatized blood disease, men who were blind, and a man who was mute and demon-possessed. All of these stories highlight the power of Jesus to bring healing and restoration to anyone who believes.

 

Matthew 9:14–17: Jesus & Religion

While Jesus’ arrival should have been celebrated, the meaning and joy of His arrival was missed by those who had lost sight of the meaning and purpose behind their religious practices—the hope of God’s presence with His people. Jesus had come to be that presence and to bring the dawn of a new age, and that meant everything was about to change.