Matthew

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The enemies of Jesus did their best to contain the possibility of His resurrection. Even today many try to contain the gospel, yet it is impossible as no power on earth can stop Him.

The crucifixion of Jesus was among the darkest days ever on planet earth - spiritually as well as physically. What were the four miracles that occurred as Jesus gave up His life and how do they answer life\'s most crucial question?

Was Pilate someone to feel pity for? Who was really at fault for Jesus\' crucifixion? And how does this portion of Matthew speak to the opinions of everyone about the truth of Jesus?

Both Peter and Judas failed God. They were alike in that way, but different in another that is the key to everything. What is that difference and what does it mean when you fail the Lord?

Why did God allow Jesus to go through a human trial - a trial that was illegal in fact? He had a very good reason as He controlled every facet, even using evil intent of men. And it was all for you!

Jesus experiences betrayal by a friend and must face disciples who cannot watch with Him in His deepest need. How he acts helps us to understand what Jesus was really about and how we can experience suffering in God\'s redemptive plan.

What was Jesus\' purpose in bringing the prophecies in this chapter, to make us all end times scholars, focused on every little nuance that means the end is near? Perhaps Jesus has a larger purpose in mind.

The religious leadership of Israel was supposed to lead people into relationship with Yahweh and pave the way for the Messiah. Instead they became self-serving and self-preserving, much in the way our flesh operates.

The Pharisees, Sadducees, and Herodians try their best to trip up Jesus by asking tough questions. But Jesus\' answers and his subsequent questions, He not only silences his opponents but raises vital issues for us to consider.

Jesus puts the religious leaders on notice - He\'s taking back His kingdom. We also deal with one of the most misunderstood sections of the gospel: the Fig Tree.

Jesus enters Jerusalem. Though He comes in peace, riding on a donkey, He is still an invading army, an army of One, coming to take back His palace and throne from miserable tenants who have stopped people from having a relationship with Him. He is also an army of one in our lives as well.

Jesus asks a question twice in Matthew 20. How he asks it and to whom is very instructive and tells us a lot about the character of the king and those in his kingdom. It might just change your life.

All of us want to feel good about our lives. The society around us and even our innate senses dictate certain things that should lead to a good life. Today we meet a man who had all those things, yet felt he was missing something. That something is the key that Jesus reveals to him and us.

Divorce is one of the most controversial topics of debate among Christians. Much of what Christians think of divorce comes from Matthew 19. But what if Jesus was talking about something far more important than just divorce? Your understanding of divorce will change.

If you think you knew what Matthew 18 was about - you might want to check out exactly what Jesus said, and how he framed resolving interpersonal conflict with the context of God\'s forgiveness of an unpayable debt.

What trips us up more than anything else? The answer might surprise you but it doesn\'t surprise God. In Matthew 18 we learn about how overcoming that one thing helps us enter His kingdom and encourage others to do so too!

There are tremendous parallels between Mt. Sinai and the Mount of Transfiguration. Learn how Jesus revealed His true identity and how it relates to us who live down in the valleys of life.

How does suffering affect our ability to minister? As Jesus is overcome with grief how is it that He ended up with compassion, not bitterness?

Just how valuable is Jesus to you? Is He more of a common rock you use to skip across the water or buried treasure so valuable he is worth everything you own and more?

Why does evil exist in the world and what are we to do about it? Jesus tells a good story and has some sober advice as we look at ourselves - are we weeds or wheat?