Matthew 9

I had the privilege of teaching a Bible study at my church this past Wednesday and taught from Matthew 9. A couple of verses from that chapter have really grabbed a hold of my mind this week, the two parables he tells in verses 16-17. I hadn’t ever taken the time before to slow down and think through what Jesus is saying with these stories. Jesus is telling us he’s starting completely over! He isn’t trying to take what’s been done before and repackage it for a new day (as the Pharisee’s were doing) but he’s starting everything new! Just as Aslan did in Narnia when he returned, bringing Spring back to the world and restoring everything to it’s natural order, Jesus has restored everything to himself (Colossians 1:20). This is also exactly what Jesus did for us at the moment of conversion. Instead of repackaging or patching up our old life, he gives us a completely new life in him. We are dead to sin because of Christ’s work on the cross. This is just like Paul said in Romans 7:6 “But now we are released from the law, having died to that which held us captive, so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit and not in the old way of the written code.” The ESV Study Bible says, “Christians are free from the Mosaic law and now enjoy new life in the Spirit.” Praise God for that new life!

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  1. Gretchen

     /  March 23, 2012

    I’m obviously responding a little late, but your comments ring a bell. A good bell. Our new life in Christ is incredible! It is a tragedy for how many turn it into a performance-based moral lifestyle. Thumbs up, Michael!


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