Matthew 16

October 17th  

 Matthew 16

Are you ready for more teaching from Jesus himself?

 Well, today’s reading is packed with teaching from Jesus for his disciples and for us to:

We are warned not to go looking for signs from Jesus in the same way we look up to the sky for signs of what the weather is going to be like. We have no right to expect Jesus to continually prove himself to us by signs and wonders. After all he has done for us, Jesus has a right to expect us to trust him and to obey him. We owe Jesus – he doesn’t owe us – but loves us to bits!

 We are warned to guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees. Yeast is a living fungus which causes bread to rise and change dramatically and almost uncontrollably. If we take on bad teaching about life from social media or others around us then this may grow quickly and uncontrollably inside us and change us dramatically but unlike bread – for the worse!

Jesus challenges us with the question “But who do you say I am?”. Who do we really think that Jesus is? What is he to us? How do we really see him? Is he a policeman looking over our shoulder waiting for a wrong move? Is he a spoilsport out to make our lives a misery, stopping us from doing what we enjoy and asking us to do all the things we don’t want to? No, of course not – he is the Son of the living God and, as I say, he loves us to bits and wants our lives to be fulfilled with true peace and joy. To this end he explains that he is willing to give his life for us, on the cross, to pay the price for all we’ve done wrong. He further explains that to receive fulfilment, joy and peace we also have to take up our cross in a sense. We have to let go of our old lives centred on ourselves, and give our lives to him and be for evermore centred on him.

Finally a promise:

27 The Son of Man will soon come in the glory of his Father and with his angels to reward all people for what they have done. 

We don’t know how soon this will really be but let’s be ready!

Father

There’s so much we need to learn to help us live our lives in the right away, your way, and so enjoy the true fulfilment you want us to have.  Thank you for all your help, your teaching through the Bible and your guidance through your Holy Spirit prompting us through the day. Thank you for being patient and forgiving as we slowly learn.

Thank you so much

Amen

Which part of this teaching can you apply to your life today?

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