After the Sermon on the Mount, Matthew focuses our attention on the miracles of Jesus. Having shown us that Jesus speaks with the authority of God, Matthew now shows us that Jesus acts with the authority of God by performing miracles only God can perform. The miracles confront us with the question: will we believe Jesus is who he says he is?
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Matthew has just quoted Jesus as claiming to have authority from God. Now he turns our attention to how Jesus acts with God’s authority, by performing miracles only God can perform. These miracles confront us with a choice to believe Jesus is who he says he is. Teacher: Krisan Marotta on June 8, 2022; Season 20, episode 1.
Through these miraculous healing, Jesus physically demonstrates that he came to rescue us from our ultimate suffering which is rooted in our sin and our guilt. Teacher: Krisan Marotta on June 15, 2022; Season 20, episode 2
Matthew introduces us to two potential disciples. One says: “I will follow Jesus if it pays off now.” The other says: “Now is paying off, I’ll follow Jesus later.” The opportunity to decide to follow Jesus is now. One day it will be too late. Teacher: Krisan Marotta on June 22, 2022; Season 20, episode 3
When he calms the storm, we learn Jesus brings the power of God to rescue His people from the vast destructive forces of nature. The miracles of Jesus have a message: Jesus brings the mercy of God for healing and deliverance. Teacher: Krisan Marotta on June 29, 2022; Season 20, episode 4
When Jesus heals the demoniacs, we learn Jesus has God-given authority over the powers of darkness and evil. In the last podcast, we saw that Jesus has God-given authority over the power of nature. Together they build the case that Jesus is the Messiah. Teacher: Krisan Marotta on July 13, 2022; Season 20, episode 5
Jesus demonstrates that he has authority from God to forgive sins by calling upon the power of God to heal the paralytic. In addition to the faith of the paralytic, the miracles support our faith by demonstrating that God has given Jesus authority. Teacher: Krisan Marotta on July 20, 2022; Season 20, episode 6
Jesus sat and ate among the tax collectors with the message, repent for the kingdom of God is at hand and that is a message we do well to share. The most loving thing we can do is to help people deal with their real problem. Teacher: Krisan Marotta on July 27, 2022; Season 20, episode 7
In these stories, Jesus challenges the religious culture and practices of the Pharisees, not the Old Testament. His understanding is so fundamentally incompatible with the Pharisees that if he tried to reform their their views, he would only destroy them. Teacher: Krisan Marotta on August 3, 2022; Season 20, episode 8
Jesus asked, “Who touched me?” In a metaphorical way, he asks it still. You can try to touch his robe and then run away. But if you do, you’re missing the greatest gift of all: salvation. Teacher: Krisan Marotta on August 10, 2022; Season 20, episode 9
Death should no longer command fear and power over us, because we follow a savior with authority over death, as we see in the raising of Jairus’s daughter. Teacher: Krisan Marotta on August 17, 2022; Season 20, episode 10
In these last two miracles, Matthew foreshadows the growing conflict with the Pharisees. While the crowds are excited and amazed, the Pharisees reject Jesus as working with the devil. Ultimately the unbelief of the Jewish leadership is going to be a crucial part of the story. Teacher: Krisan Marotta on August 24, 2022; Season 20, episode 11
Matthew presents this initial sending of the Twelve as a first step toward their ultimate global mission. Even though they are to stay in Jewish territory on this journey, ultimately, Jesus is going to send them to the world. Teacher: Krisan Marotta on September 14, 2022. Season 20, episode 12
On this journey, Jesus deliberately makes his apostles dependent on the hospitality of the children of Israel by instructing them not to take provisions. The apostles might expect they are launching a victory tour, but they will learn first-hand how the children of Israel will reject the Messiah. Teacher: Krisan Marotta on September 21, 2022. Season 20, episode 13
Matthew 10:23 is one of the most difficult verses in the New Testament. It raises many eschatological problems. This podcast provides an overview of the options and issues. Teacher: Krisan Marotta on September 28, 2022. Season 20, episode 14
All of us face the question: What am I going to believe so much that it changes the way I think, respond and make choices? We make those decisions based on what or who we fear most. Jesus says, the wisest choice is to fear God. Teacher: Krisan Marotta on October 5, 2022. Season 20, episode 15
Ultimately Jesus’ role is to bring peace and restoration to the earth, but not yet. First, he came to bring a sword because his message requires a choice and that choice divides even families. To follow Jesus, you must be willing to live with that rejection and hostility, even if it means losing your closest family members or your very life. Teacher: Krisan Marotta on October 12, 2022. Season 20, episode 16
Jesus ends this discourse by telling the Twelve their role is like the prophets. They are standing in the place of Jesus. How people respond to the apostles reveals how they respond to Jesus. Teacher: Krisan Marotta on October 19, 2022. Season 20, episode 17
Matthew shifts his focus to the how people respond to Jesus. Most reject him. Even John the Baptist becomes confused, because Jesus is not acting like the Messiah he expected. Teacher: Krisan Marotta on October 26, 2022. Season 20, episode 18
Jesus was so different from the Messiah people expected, even John the Baptist had moments where he wondered if Jesus was the Messiah. If he’s really a prophet, how could John become confused? In this passage, Jesus answers that question. Teacher: Krisan Marotta on November 2, 2022. Season 20, episode 19
What Malachi predicted is finally happening. This generation finally stands in the presence of the herald and the Messiah. How does this generation receive that message? Jesus explains with an analogy: Jesus and John are like children sitting in the marketplace playing the flute and calling to their friends to dance, but their friends refuse. Teacher: Krisan Marotta on November 9, 2022. Season 20, episode 20
For people who are self-satisfied and indifferent to God, miracles change nothing. They believe they already have wisdom and they reject Jesus. But those who are know they are needy and weary understand the miracles and embrace the wisdom of Jesus teaching. To them Jesus promises rest. Teacher: Krisan Marotta on November 16, 2022. Season 20, episode 21
The Sabbath played a big role in the worsening relationship between Jesus and the Pharisees. Matthew gives us only these two stories. By the end of the second story, we learn that Pharisees are planning to kill Jesus partly because of his views on the Sabbath. Teacher: Krisan Marotta on November 30, 2022. Season 20, episode 22
For the second time, Matthew quotes an Old Testament prophecy as predictive prophecy. Isaiah says ‘Behold my servant’ and explains something about how the Servant will act. Matthew shows us this is out Jesus acted. Teacher: Krisan Marotta on December 7, 2022. Season 20, episode 23
Each one of us must decide what to do with Jesus. Sitting on the fence is not an option. The stumbling block is not lack of evidence. The stumbling block is the stubbornness of our hearts. In the end, we do not believe, because we do not want to believe. Teacher: Krisan Marotta on December 14, 2022. Season 20, episode 24
Related podcast: Matthew 12:43-45 Return of the Unclean Spirit
The angel tells Joseph to take Mary as his wife because Mary is about to have a son through the power of the Holy Spirit. Then the angel also tells Joseph something about this son. Who does the angel say this child is? Season 20, bonus episode 25.
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Podcast season 20, episodes 1-24