We are back on track with Matthews account of Jesus life and teachings this Sunday. We will be taking a look at Chapter 8 of Matthew. The Sermon on the Mount ends in chapter 7 with the words, “When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.”
This is an important point Matthew is trying to make. Jesus has authority. There were certain things that the Jewish community was looking for to be demonstrated by the promised Messiah. The Messiah was one who would come with authority. And Matthew will now give several accounts of Jesus demonstration of authority in Chapter 8.
Read Chapter 8 in preparation for Sunday’s message: What areas does Jesus demonstrate authority in this series of episodes recorded by Matthew? On Sunday, I will reveal the three areas of authority the Jewish understanding of the Messiah was to demonstrate. Read Chapter 8 and you can’t miss them. Matthew is making the strong case for Jesus as Messiah and LORD.
See you Sunday!