Matthew 26:6-13 Oil of Anointing

In honor of His love

In honor of His love

My bible helps tell me that Matthew is sharing a story from earlier in the week with us in our reading today. In John’s gospel this event happened before Jesus rode into Jerusalem to start His final week, this side of the grave. We get to read about it now in Matthew’s account.

Jesus and His disciples are enjoying dinner with a man named Simon. Jesus healed Simon of leprosy earlier in His ministry. Simon is MORE than grateful to Jesus for his healing. Not only did Jesus restore Simon’s health, He restored Simon’s life back to Him. No way would he have been able to entertain guests in his previous condition. Read more »

Matthew 26:1-5 The Plot Thickens

God had HIS date circled

God had HIS date circled

Jesus has finished telling His disciples about the end of days and His second coming. Now He tells them for the last time about His upcoming death. This time He gives them the date and method of His death. He has told His disciples four times now about what was going to happen to Him. Each time He added a little more facts to His account.

Jesus is sitting on the Mount of Olives sharing the facts of His death with His disciples, while at the same time the final plot is being hatched at Caiaphas’ palace. There is a difference in the two plans though. Jesus says that His death is going to occur on the Passover, two days from then. While the chief priests and elders gathered in secret wanted to wait until after the feast. Read more »

Matthew 25:31-46 Final Judgement

Which one are you?

Which one are you?

We are continuing with Jesus on the Mount of Olives. Today we will read the last words Jesus imparted to His disciples concerning the end of the age and His coming again. In yesterday’s reading we looked at the parable of the five, two, and one talents. At the end of the parable, the master called for a reckoning when he returned. Today we will look at Jesus’ upcoming reckoning.

Jesus tells His disciples what will happen at the end of the age and at the beginning of His reign. When Jesus arrives on the scene for the second time, He comes prepared to do battle. He sends out His angels and gathers His elect. He then defeats Satan and all his supporters and dispatches them to their assigned reward or holding place. THEN He sits on His throne here on Earth. At that time, all those who survived to the end will be judged. Read more »

Matthew 25:14-30 Plenty of Talents

No way to invest what God gives you

No way to invest what God gives you

We are continuing on with Jesus and His disciples on the Mount of Olives. He is teaching His disciples about the end times and His returning. In our reading today, Jesus is using another parable. This one deals with the concept of final judgement at Jesus’ coming.

At the beginning of Jesus’ parable he introduces us to three servants and their master. The master is a very shrewd man. He easily judges the character of all his servants. He was savvy in business, and was very wealthy. I looked up a talent in my bible helps and it says that ONE talent is worth 20 years’ worth of wages. In the day when my bible helps were written, one talent would equal about $600,000. Between the three servants, this man entrusted his servants with 160 years’ worth of wages. That is $4,800,000! Read more »

Matthew 25:1-13 The Bridegroom Cometh

Are you prepared?

Are you prepared?

We are still on the Mount of Olives with Jesus as He is teaching His disciples about the end times and His second coming. In the section we are looking at today, Jesus uses the parable of the ten virgins. This parable, on the surface is pretty simple; we don’t know the day or the hour Jesus will return, so always be watching and ready. But there are a couple of questions I want to ask.

Jesus starts off by focusing on the virgins, their lamps, and the journey they set off on. Jesus says there are ten of them and they all want the same thing; to meet the bridegroom. Was the bridegroom going to choose one of them to marry? Was he going to marry all of them? Were they like bridesmaids to the real bride? Were they collectively the bride as we, the church, are Jesus’ bride? I was reading about Jewish weddings on Wildolive.com. The author talks about the bridesmaids having to be ready to go with the bride, including having a lamp and oil for it at all times. I was also reading on Bible Hermeneutics Beta and they were addressing this question too. I don’t know if I have THE answer, but I’m going with that they were all brides for this bridegroom as we are all part of Jesus’ bride as believers. Read more »