Resources from Matthew

Help for your Sickness

IT was the evening: in all probability it was the evening of a Sabbath-day. The Jews were so tender not to break the Sabbath that they did not even bring forth the sick to the Saviour until the even was come. The Saviour would gladly have healed them on the Sabbath-day, for that was to him a high day for holy work, but they did not think it right, and...

Matthew 8:16,17

An Awful Premonition

I MUST confess that I have frequently read this verse with but a vague sense of its profound impressiveness, and I have passed it over rapidly because I did not understand it clearly. Though well acquainted with the usual interpretations, none of them had ever satisfied my mind. It seemed to me as if the text had awakened surprise without suggesting a simple obvious meaning, and therefore, the good commentators...

Matthew 16:28

The Garden of the Soul

THOUGH I have taken only these few words for my text, I shall endeavour to bring the whole narrative before your mind’s eye. It is a part of the teaching of Holy Writ that man is a composite being; his nature being divisible into three parts— “spirit,” “soul,” and “body.” I am not going to draw any nice distinctions to-night between the spirit and the soul, or to analyse the...

Matthew 26:36

Peter’s Three Calls

PERHAPS you are aware that there has always been a certain set of persons who have tried to disprove the gospel narrative by picking out what they suppose to be discrepancies, especially in the statements of Matthew and Luke. Four independent persons have each given us a separate story of the Life of Christ, each story being written with a distinct object. Of course, from the fact that each one...

Matthew 10:1-2

Nevertheless. Hereafter.

Oct 29 OUR Lord, before his enemies, was silent in his own defence, but he faithfully warned and boldly avowed the truth. His was the silence of patience, not of indifference; of courage, not of cowardice. It is written that “before Pontius Pilate he witnessed a good confession,” and that statement may also be well applied to his utterances before Caiaphas, for there he was not silent when it came to confession...

Matthew 26:64

Work for Jesus

Oct 29 I AM not going to confine myself to the connection of these words, nor to use them strictly after the manner in which they were first spoken. I may, perhaps, explain the parable very briefly at the close; but I take leave to withdraw these words from their immediate context, and use them as a voice which, I believe, sounds often in the ears of God’s people, and sometimes sounds...

Matthew 21:28

The Christ-given Rest

Mar 5 I AM afraid that we have not always noticed the fulness of this promise. Usually the text is preached from as an invitation to the unconverted to come to Christ, and very properly so: “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” It is an invitation to all of you who are labouring after salvation, or are heavy laden with a...

Matthew 11:28

Hosanna!

Mar 22 AFTER the miracle of the raising of Lazarus, a great fame went abroad concerning our Lord. He rested still at Bethany, and the people who came up to the feast in great number went out— an easy walk from Jerusalem to Bethany— to see Jesus, and to see Lazarus, who had been raised from the dead. These people, on a certain day, formed a company, and marched with Jesus towards...

Matthew 21:9

The First Last, and the Last First

Mar 12 WE must be saved if we would serve the Lord. We cannot serve God in an unsaved condition. “They that are in the flesh cannot please God.” It is vain for them to attempt service while they are still at enmity against God. The Lord wants not enemies to wait upon him, nor slaves to grace his throne. We must be saved first; and salvation is all of grace. “By...

Matthew 19:30