But I Tell You

READ: Matthew 5:21-37 (1502) Introduction It was Christ who, amid thunder and flame, had proclaimed the law upon Mount Sinai, the glory of God, like devouring fire, rested upon its summit, and the mountain quaked at the presence of the Lord. The hosts of Israel, lying prostrate upon the earth, had listened in awe to […]

Salt and Light

Introduction As we continue reading the Sermon on the Mount it is vital that we relate what we are reading to what have already read. We must keep in mind that we are visiting an entire presentation a few sentences at a time. To really understand what Jesus meant when he said the words we […]

The Gift of Love

Matthew 5:1-12 Introduction 19th Century “Adventists” writer, Ellen G. White helps us to gain a greater understanding of the soteriological significance of the event called “The Sermon on The Mount.”  She states, More than fourteen centuries before Jesus was born in Bethlehem, the children of Israel gathered in the fair vale of Shechem, and from […]

Here Comes the Kingdom (pt. 2)

Do you have a time-compressed image of Jesus’ life and times? A Christmas and Easter church attender represent the epitome of a time-compressed view of Jesus – i.e. Jesus was born in a stable with angels, shepherds, and kings and then Jesus grew up and died on the cross and arose from the grave three […]

Here Comes the Kingdom!

Introduction In last week’s reading Jesus overcame John’s objection saying, “It is only right to identify oneself with right things (Matthew 3:15). When Jesus was baptized, he identified himself with John’s message and with the men and women who came daily to receive the same baptism because they did need it so badly. Jesus’ baptism […]

Here is My Servant

Introduction There have been several theories advanced to explain Jesus’ baptism. (a) Jesus was seeking forgiveness. (b) Jesus was dedicating Himself to His mission. (c) Jesus was entering the priestly office. (d) Jesus at this point became God’s Son, when the Spirit anointed Him. (e) Jesus was identifying Himself with John’s message and his movement. […]

It Begins    

Introduction                In chapter 1 Matthew introduced Jesus as Son of Abraham, Son of David, Israel’s destined King, and then immediately follows with the introduction of another ruler. “After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of Herod the King” (Matthew 2:1). No two men could […]


READ: Luke 1:39-55 (1588) Introduction Luke’s high regard for women is evident in the prominence which he gives them in his Gospel and Acts. This is the first example of his treatment of women. Elizabeth, the soon-to-be mother of John the Baptist, and Mary, the mother-to-be of Messiah, are portrayed as outstanding and godly women. […]

Jesse’s Shoot

  READ: Isaiah 11:1-10  Introduction I can still vividly remember Christmas mornings when I was very young when I would awaken very early and go to the Christmas tree to see what was delivered while I slept (sort of).  In those days, I was more impressed by quantity than quality. The Christmas morning ritual included […]

In Those Days

READ: Isaiah 2:1-5 (1062) The Day of the Lord The Temple of the Lord (Isa. 2:1-5). The prophet looked ahead to the time when God’s righteous kingdom would be established and the temple would become the center for the worldwide worship of the Lord. In Isaiah’s day, the Jews were adopting the false gods of […]