Resources from Matthew

Christ Receiving Sinners

Dec 23 How strangely different was our Lord Jesus Christ from the philosophers of Greece! They were reserved in their demeanour; eclectic, or studiously choice, in their tastes; and jealous of contact with their fellow-creatures. Retiring from the busy haunts of men, to encircle themselves with an atmosphere created by their own breath, they wanted none in their society but those who were fit companions for men so exalted in wisdom. Their...

Matthew 9:10

The Weeding of the Garden

Dec 8      JESUS CHRIST had spoken certain truths which were highly objectionable to the Pharisees. Some of his loving disciples were in great fright, and they came to him and said, “Knowest thou not that the Pharisees are offended?” Now, our Saviour, instead of making any apology for having offended the Pharisees, took it as a matter of course, and replied in a sentence which is well worthy to be...

Matthew 15:13

The Peacemaker

Dec 8 THIS is the seventh of the beatitudes. There is a mystery always connected with the number seven. It was the number of perfection among the Hebrews, and it Seemeth as if the Saviour had put the peacemaker there, as if he was nearly approaching to the perfect man in Christ Jesus. He who would have perfect blessedness, so far as it can be enjoyed on earth, must labour to attain...

Matthew 5:9

The Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem

Aug 18 WE have read the chapter from which our text is taken; let me now rehearse the incident in your hearing. There was an expectation upon the popular mind of the Jewish people, that Messiah was about to come. They expected him to be a temporal prince; one who would make war upon the Romans and restore to the Jews their lost nationality. There were many who, though they did not...

Matthew 21:5

Prayer—its Discouragements and Encouragements

Jul 18 Prayer—its Discouragements and Encouragements   “But he answered her not a word.” — Matthew xv. 23.   *“This date is an approximation of when this sermon was delivered.” WITH Christian men it is not a matter of question as to whether God hears prayer or not. There is no fact in mathematics which has been more fully demonstrated than this fact in experience — that God...

Matthew 15:23

Even So, Father!

May 26 That is a singular way with which to commence a verse — “At that time Jesus answered.” If you will look at the context you will not perceive that anybody had asked him a question, or that he was indeed in conversation with any human being. Yet it says, “Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father.” Now when a man answers, he answers a person who has been...

Matthew 11:25-26

The Missionaries' Charge and Charta

Apr 21 WHILE I was meditating in private upon this text I felt myself carried away by its power. I was quite unable calmly to consider its terms, or to investigate its argument. The command with which the text concludes repeated itself again, and again, and again in my ears, till I found it impossible to study, for my thoughts were running hither and thither, asking a thousand questions, all of them...

Matthew 28:18-19

A Single Eye and Simple Faith

Sep 16 THIS sentence has in it the nature of a proverb. It is well worthy of frequent quotation, as it is applicable to such various circumstances. It is one of the most pithy, sententious utterances of our Saviour. So full of meaning is it, that it would be utterly impossible for us to draw out all its analogies. It is capable of adaptation to so many different things, that the ablest...

Matthew 6:22-23

Three Homilies from One Text

Sep 2 THE ministry of our most blessed Lord bears upon its own countenance the stamp of truth. “He taught as one having authority, and not as the Scribes.” Whatever ever his enemies might lay to his door, I do not find they were ever able to summon audacity enough to impeach his correctness, or suspect his sincerity. We believe that Jesus Christ's sermons were their own witnesses; the words he uttered...

Matthew 4:23-25

Christ's First and Last Subject

Aug 19      It seems from these two texts that repentance was the first subject upon which the Redeemer dwelt, and that it was the last, which, with his departing breath, he commended to the earnestness of his disciples. He begins his mission crying, "Repent," he ends it by saying to his successors the apostles, "Preach repentance and remission of sins among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem." This seems to me to...

Matthew 4:17