-- DECEMBER 24, 2023
THE GOSPEL OF MATTHEW
Part 43: Following Jesus
Jesus shared He would be arrested and murdered by the
Kabbalistic leadership. This news deflated the disciples when they
realized that the doctrine taught by the Jewish leadership would not
be fulfilled. This is why Judas Iscariot later tried to provoke
Jesus into action. Even after the resurrection, the apostles still
yearned for the Kabbalistic dream. They loved Jesus as a teacher and
healer, but they also desired a return of the golden age of Israel.
They had a hard time reconciling the message of denying self and
taking up a cross. How could laying down your life be the secret to
life? The words of Jesus did not fit their nationalistic worldview,
hence the reason for Peter’s rebuttal when the God-man shared
details of His coming death. Nevertheless, the Kingdom of God
arrived with the resurrection and its full manifestation was evident
on day of Pentecost when the church was born in a baptism of fire.
All Scripture references are taken
from the King James Bible.
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