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Chapter 27 The Condemnation and Death of the King

As the Jews had no authority, under the Roman regime, to visit the death penalty upon anyone, they were unable to carry out the Levitical law which condemned a blasphemer to death (Lev. 24:15-16), unless they took things into their own hands and acted contrary to the code imposed upon them by Caesar’s government, as they did later in the case of Stephen who, like his Lord, was charged with blasphemy (Acts 7:54-60). In the case of Jesus, the chief priests and other leaders were anxious t...

Chapter 12 The King's Authority Denied

The events recorded in this chapter bring us to the close of the first great division of this gospel, in which the King and the kingdom were offered or presented to Israel. Here we find the leaders of the nation deliberately rejecting Jesus and definitely ascribing all His works of power to Beelzebub. Only in this way could they account for the great miracles Jesus wrought and yet refuse to see in them His credentials as the promised King.

In the first eight verses we have a most interesting and instructive incident recorded. Here Jesus declares Himself to be Lord of the Sabbath, by which He again attested His consciousness of Deity, for the Sabbath was Jehovah’s witness to His creatorial power (Exod. 20:10-11) and to the redemption of Israel from Egyptian bondage (Deut. 5:14-15). It was distinctively “the Sabbath of Jehovah.” The Jehovah of the Old Testament is the Jesus of the New, and He is Lord of the Sabbath, as of all else.

At that time Jesus went on the sabbath day through the corn; and His disciples were an hungred, and began to pluck the ears of corn, and to eat. But when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto Him, Behold, Thy disciples do that which is not lawful to do upon the sabbath day. But He said unto them, Have ye not read what David did, when he was an hungred, and they that were with him; how he entered into the house of God, and did eat the shewbread, which was not lawful for him to eat, neither for them which were with him, but only for the priests? Or have ye not read in the law, how that on the sabbath days the priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and are blameless? But I say unto you. That in this place is one greater than the temple. But if ye had known what this meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless. For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day. (vv. 1-8)

Chapter 26 The King Faces the Cross

The time was drawing near when Jesus was to die—to give His life a ransom for many. All had been foreseen from eternity, and He had come to earth for this express purpose. Yet as the hour drew near His holy soul was deeply moved. And it came to pass, when Jesus had finished all these sayings, he said unto his disciples, Ye know that after two days is the feast of the passover, and the Son of man is betrayed to be crucified. Then assembled together the chief priests, and the scribes, and...

Chapter 17 The Glory of the Kingdom

It seems a great pity, as intimated in our closing remarks in the previous chapter, that its final verse was not made the opening one of this seventeenth chapter. In the corresponding accounts in both Mark and Luke, our Lord’s announcement is linked directly with the transfiguration scene. It is, in fact, the key to a right understanding of this glorious vision that was intended to be a representation of “the kingdom of God come with power.” This is confirmed for us by the apostle Pete...

Chapter 16 The Church and the Kingdom

We now come to another great turning point in Matthew’s gospel. Hitherto the Lord has been dealing entirely with matters relating to the kingdom of heaven. Now for the first time He speaks of the church, though not entirely as dissociated from the kingdom, but rather as connected with it in the new phase it is to assume after His rejection and His ascension to heaven. In Peter’s great confession we have the sure foundation upon which the church was to be built. The earthly kingdom, or, r...

Chapter 3 The Forerunner and the Anointing of the King

Our Lord has told us that of those born of women none was greater than John the Baptist. His greatness consisted not simply in his personal character—though he stands out preeminently as a devoted man of God, true to principles and unyielding in his stand against iniquity even in high places (Matt. 14:4)—but in the fact that he was chosen of God to herald the coming of Christ as Israel’s Messiah and the world’s Redeemer (John 1:29-31), and formally to open to Him the door into the sh...

Chapter 4 The Testing of the King

Before the Lord Jesus presented Himself to Israel as the promised King, He must needs pass through a period of testing, which He did for forty days. He met Satan, the strong man armed, and bound him before He began His public ministry and went forth to spoil his (Satan’s) goods. Why was Jesus tempted? And, being tempted, was there a possibility that He might have sinned, and so jeopardized or annulled the whole plan of redemption? These are questions asked often, and it behooves us to b...

Chapter 2 The Preservation of the King

Of Messiah it was prophesied that He should bring blessing to the nations as well as to Israel. Aged Simeon epitomized these promises when he declared of Jesus that He should be “a light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel” (Luke 2:32). The incident now before us is an earnest or foretaste of this. Many nonscriptural ideas and legends have been linked with the visit of these wise men from the East. Contrary to the pictures we see generally, they are not called ...

Chapter 3 The Forerunner and the Anointing of the King

Our Lord has told us that of those born of women none was greater than John the Baptist. His greatness consisted not simply in his personal character—though he stands out preeminently as a devoted man of God, true to principles and unyielding in his stand against iniquity even in high places (Matt. 14:4)—but in the fact that he was chosen of God to herald the coming of Christ as Israel’s Messiah and the world’s Redeemer (John 1:29-31), and formally to open to Him the door into the sh...

Chapter 6 The Principles of the Kingdom Part 2

Before proceeding to look somewhat carefully at this second great division of the Lord’s discourse on the mount, I would revert for a few moments to some questions referred to already in beginning our examination of chapter 5, because of the fact that so many earnest believers, in seeking to avoid the Scylla of legality, are crushed upon the Charybdis of antinomianism. Two questions are asked very frequently. The first is, Was the Sermon on the Mount intended for Christians? No one righ...
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