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Scripture Reading: Matthew 4:12-22

Messiah's Work Begins

 

Intro.

1.  The mission of Christ: Serve, sacrifice, seek and save (Matt. 20:28; Luke 19:10).

2.  His struggle with Satan teaches us how to overcome temptation (be sustained by the word of God; Humble reverence for God; worship and serve God), Matt. 4:1-11.

3.  Jesus begins His work of teaching, Matt. 4:12-25.

 

I.  CHRISTíS WORK OF TEACHING BEGINS (Matt. 4:12-25).

  A.  The Place: Galilee (fulfilled prophecy), Matt. 4:12-16, 23.

    1.  Gentiles (and Israel) would benefit from His light, Isa. 9:1-2.

      a.  Land of darkness of despair (cf. Assyria invasion), sin, ignorance, despair, 4:16.

      b.  Great light, 4:16; John 1:4-5, 9 (8:12): His teaching brought the illumination of truth and life from the death of sin.

  B.  The Message: The Gospel of the Kingdom, Matt. 4:17, 23.

    1.  Repent, the kingdom is at hand; the gospel.

      a.  Some brethren try to convince you Jesus was preaching the Law of Moses to Jews (Bassett, p. 13-14, 111; Dawson). False.

      b.  Repent and believe the gospel, Mark 1:15.

      c.  Preach the kingdom of God in the synagogues, Luke 4:43-44.

    2.  Jesus preached the gospel of peace beginning from Galilee after John, Acts 10:36-37.

    3.  Jesus preached peace by fulfilling and removing the Law of Moses, not by preaching it and/or adding to it, Eph. 2:13-18.

    4.  Jesus preached peace in kingdom of God, Isa. 2:2-4; 11:6-10.

  C.  The Disciples: Called to Follow Jesus, Matt. 4:18-22.

    1.  Help call sinners to salvation, 4:19; Mark 16:15; Acts 2:39.

    2.  Immediacy of their response, 4:20, 22 (Heb. 3:7-8).

    3.  Sacrifice of responding, 4:22; Matt. 19:27; Luke 5:11 (business, family, livelihood, Luke 9:23).

  D.  The Power: Divine Healing for the Suffering, Matt. 4:23.

    1.  Miracles healed the physically sick, Luke 4:40-41; 5:17.

    2.  Showed his power to heal souls that are devastated by sin, Luke 4:18-19 (Mark 2:5-12).

    3.  Christís power heals you and me, too (sin), Matt. 11:28-30.

    4.  The miracles of Jesus:

      a.  Confirmed his message (John 14:11).

      b.  Showed He is the prophesied Messiah (Isa. 35:5; Matt. 11:2-6; John 5:36).

      c.  They proved the kingdom of God had come (Matt. 4:23; 10:7-8; 12:28).

  E.  The Response: News Spread Quickly and Many Were Healed, Matt. 4:24-25.

    1.  His fame was reported throughout all of Syria, 4:24 (Luke 4:14).

    2.  Today: Christians are motivated to quickly spread the good news of salvation because He healed us from sin,  Matt. 4:24 (2 Tim. 2:2).

    3.  None were turned away; none were beyond Christís power to heal.

 

Conclusion

1.  Jesus had to endure Satanís temptations in order to do His work; So do we.

2.  Let Jesus be the light of your life. How? By walking in the gospel He preached and being healed from sin by His power.

 

 

By: Joe R. Price

Posted August 9, 2022