Posts Tagged ‘Jesus addresses His disciples’

Matthew 17:22-23 Jesus Tells of His Death and Resurrection

"Wait and see what I will do" -God

“Wait and see what I will do” -God

Jesus and His disciples were somewhere in Galilee. I don’t know if they had left Caesarea Philippi for Capernaum yet, which is the next setting Matthew resumes his story telling in. I’m certain Jesus and His disciples were alone during this portion of scripture though. Jesus didn’t tell the crowds this much detail about His upcoming death. These talks were reserved for His disciples alone.

The disciples had been walking with Jesus for some time now, so they knew the political and religious atmosphere that surrounded Jesus and His teachings. The Scribes, Pharisees, and Sadducees all hated Jesus and wanted Him dead.

Jesus, for the second time, tells His disciples that He is going to be killed and raised from the dead. For the second time they hear the first statement and breeze past the second. All they hear is that Jesus is going to be killed. When Jesus says He is going to “be delivered into the hands of men”, do they realize someone is going to betray Him? Do they even entertain the thought of it being someone from their own group that would be the culprit? Read more »

Matthew 10:40-42 Jesus’ Disciples Job Description: Compensation

Jesus placing crown on servant's head

Reward in Heaven

Today is the last day we spend on Jesus instructions and job description for His disciples. The last section focuses on the reward or compensation they can expect for their service. This section actually deals with the compensation those who help the disciples would receive. We are, however, told that there is a reward for being a prophet or a righteous man or a disciple.

Jesus starts out by telling His disciples that anyone who receives and welcomes them is actually welcoming Jesus and God Himself. The disciples are going out in Jesus name. Jesus came in His Father’s name. Therefore, whoever welcomes a disciple is welcoming God. This follows the chain of command principal. What the lowest employee does is supposed to reflect and represent the ideals created by the highest level of management. Read more »