How to Follow Jesus

Rev. David Bast

READ : Matthew 16:21-24 What does it mean to be a follower of Jesus? Another word for Christian is “disciple.” Another word for disciple is “follower of Jesus.” In a key verse from Matthew 16, Jesus explains exactly how to follow. Chapter 16 marks a turning point in the gospel of Matthew. This is the moment, shortly after feeding the multitudes, when Jesus undergoes a reversal of public opinion, as many in the curious crowds begin to turn away from …

The Light of the World

Rev. David Bast

READ : Matthew 2:1-11 What can we learn from the story of the wise men? Lots of legends surround the mysterious visitors from the east who knelt before the infant Jesus and worshiped him with their gifts. But the truth about them says something important about us. In a way it’s incredible that the story of Christ’s birth should be commemorated and celebrated by so many people worldwide, for nothing could have been more obscure than what happened on the …

God Is With Us

Rev. David Bast

READ : Matthew 1:18-24 What does it mean that Jesus Christ is Immanuel? Today we look forward to Christmas and celebrate the fact that God came into our world. In today’s message, David Bast looks at the simple fact of Christ’s birth and the meaning of his names for us today. For really important arrivals, the staging is carefully arranged for maximum impact. For example, when a president or a prime minister comes for a state visit, the ceremony plays …

Jesus' Continuing Work

Rev. David Bast

READ : Matthew 16:16-19 What exactly is God doing in the world today? Jesus Christ came into the world with a special work to do—the work of salvation, which he accomplished once and for all on the cross. But that doesn’t mean he’s now retired. Would you like to know what Jesus’ continuing work is? Caesarea Philippi was a gentile city situated in what today is southern Lebanon, due north of the Sea of Galilee. It’s mentioned just once in …

The Great Confession

Rev. David Bast

READ : Matthew 16:13-16 Who do you say I am? It’s the most important question you will ever answer: who is Jesus Christ? If you need a hint about the answer, stay tuned. In Matthew chapter 16 we find Jesus traveling with his disciples to a place called Caesarea Philippi. Jesus has taken his followers outside Jewish territory to an area north of the Sea of Galilee where they can have an uninterrupted conversation on a very important topic. He …

The Pharisees' Leaven

Rev. David Bast

READ : Matthew 16:1-12 What sort of warning do you think Jesus would give to the contemporary church? In a cryptic comment about the conduct of his enemies, Jesus told his followers to beware the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees. Within that ancient figure of speech lies an important warning for us today. “We want to see a sign from you; show us a sign from heaven.” For the second time in the Gospel of Matthew Jesus’ critics, the …