All during 2014 the Grace family will be reading one chapter of the Gospel of Matthew per day, as Pastor Randy preaches through the book. This means the Gospel of Matthew will be read once each month. Because Matthew only has 28 chapters, people will be getting a break from Matthew the 29th, 30th, and 31st of each month. Pastor Randy will be posting his reflections on each chapter of Matthew on this page. We invite you to do the same. Just enter your reflection in the comment box. We also invite your comments on any other reflection you read here.

Dec. 28- Ch. 28

Even after 12 months, reading about the resurrection never gets old!  Each time I read it, I wonder what it would be like to have been there to witness it.

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Dec. 27- Ch. 27

v. 44- In the same way the rebels who were crucified with him also heaped insults on him.

This implies both the men crucified with Jesus ridiculed him.  This goes against other accounts which talk about only one man ridiculing Jesus, while the other asks to be with Jesus in Paradise.

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Dec. 26- Ch. 26

I knew Judas received 30 pieces of silver for betraying Christ because it fulfilled a prophecy in Zechariah.  What I just read recently, though, surprised me.  30 pieces of silver was the going rate for a slave.  The religious leaders put this price on  Jesus’ head to further insult him.

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Dec. 25- Ch. 25

Something interesting I just noticed.  Jesus starts this chapter by saying, “At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom.”  I take “At that time.” to mean during the time Jesus was talking about in chapter 24.  Never noticed that connection before.

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Dec. 24

I had never thought of the shepherds as not being able to go to the temple, but it makes sense.  The fact God chose them to announce the birth of the Savior is amazing.  But it kind of fits.  After all, he picked women, another inferior class of people (at least in the minds of first century Palestinians) to carry the news of Jesus’ resurrection.

Tomorrow a Savior is born!

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Dec. 24- Ch. 24

“Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earth[c] will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory.”  We saw the movie “Left Behind” recently.  This is not at all how Jesus’ coming is depicted in the movie.  As they do many times, Hollywood gets it wrong!  Actually it is Tim LeHaye that has it wrong since the movie was based on his book.

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Dec. 23- Ch. 23

“For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”  This statement of Jesus has the implication that we are going to be humbled one way or another.  We can choose it, or have it done to us.

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Dec. 22- Ch. 22

“So give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.”  I think far too often we do not always give to God what is God’s.  We find other places for the things of God.

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Dec. 21- Ch. 21

“If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.”  There is a lesson to be learned here by us all.  We need to hear and heed the voice of Christ when he says he needs us or needs something from us.  We need to learn to respond “right away.”

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Dec. 20- Ch. 20

Jesus was all about healing.  He healed hundreds, if not thousands, of people.  Why did the crowd thing the blind men needed to be silenced?

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