Matthew 2:19-23

December 28, 2014
Jesus' hometown of Nazareth didn't fit Israel's preconceived notions of a Messiah. They rejected Jesus, in part, because he came from such an unknown and despised town.

Matthew 2:13-18

December 21, 2014
Matthew creatively pictures Jesus in this passage as the one ending the true spiritual Exile of Israel and orchestrating a true spiritual Exodus from sin. By reenacting Israelite history, Jesus…

Matthew 2:1-12

December 14, 2014
The Messiah has finally come, the Magi see the star in the east and head to Jerusalem. But where we would expect great joy from Israel, instead we see a…

Matthew 1:18-25

December 7, 2014
It's curious that this passage focuses on the one person who had nothing to do with Jesus' birth: Joseph. Matthew demonstrates how Joseph knew and acted on faith that Jesus…

Our Promise Keeping God

December 22, 2013
Zechariah has been transformed from faith-lacking, failed priest to a man confident that God keeps His promises. Zechariah responds to the birth of John the Baptist praising God for keeping…

The Real Problem: Me!

December 15, 2013
Zechariah perceives he has a problem: no children in his old age. But an encounter with an angel in the temple reveals the true problem: Zechariah has lost his faith…