09. Hope is Here // 5 What do you want? - Joel Virgo // Matthew 20:17-34
In Matthew 17 we read about the transfiguration where the voice of God says, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.” After witnessing this, it would be fair to think that the disciples would listen carefully to all Jesus said. However, it seems that they only listen selectively, paying more attention to things that they wanted to hear, for example in Matthew 19:28, ‘Jesus said to them, “Truly, I say to you, in the new world, when the Son of Man will sit on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.’ They focus much more on the twelve thrones that Jesus promised them but they do not listen when He speaks of His arrest, betrayal and crucifixion. In fact, they were all shocked when these events took place, despite Jesus having told them many times before.
Jesus’ popularity was growing and so the disciples felt that they were a part of something important and significant and they wanted honour, status and recognition for that. They felt that they deserved thrones in heaven, next to Jesus, but they did not want to acknowledge the pain and suffering that also comes from following Him.
They looked forward to the honour that they would receive but Jesus makes it clear that His path is leading Him to shame, knowing that He will be mocked, spat on and killed. Closeness to Jesus will constantly challenge our perception of honour and shame. He was a man of sorrows, despised and rejected and He walked boldly towards shame. We need to change our views about how we should be treated as Jesus has warned us that if we follow Him we will too shamed and despised. However, we can trust that we will be honoured in God’s timing and in His way.
Jesus asks, “Are you able to drink the cup that I am to drink?” To drink from the king’s cup was an intimate but dangerous position. The job of the cupbearer was to drink any wine brought to the king to check for poison. Jesus talks here about pain and suffering. If you want spiritual authority and honour you have to understand that there is pain involved but you will also be lifted up.
At the end of the chapter, Jesus asks two blind men what they want, mirroring the question He asks the disciples at the start of the passage. The disciples, through their mother, ask for thrones at the right and left hands of Jesus, but the blind men ask for mercy. These two blind men show wisdom and maturity, not looking for honour but asking God to open their eyes to see who He is. They show us how to live and follow Jesus, we need to embrace the shame and understand that all we really need is His mercy and grace. Stop chasing other things and just chase Him.
1 - Let go of your own honour and reputation and let God lift you up.
2 - Don’t be surprised if you go through pain and difficulty when walking with Jesus, but know that He is giving you spiritual authority and honour.
3 - Stop chasing other things and know that Jesus is all that you need.
17.Easter Sunday // Starting Again - Joel Virgo // Matthew 28:1-15In the final passage of our Hope Is Here Series, we look at how Jesus’ resurrection makes a difference to us in our lives today.
The guards at Jesus’ tomb had an extraordinary encounter with an...
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16.Hope is Here // 12 The Cross - Tobi Ford-Western // Matthew 27:27-50Summary:
The cross represents different things to different people, to some it symbolises Christianity, to others, crucifixion, and others Jesus Himself. While the cross displays many things,...
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15.Hope is Here // 11 Gethsemane - Matt Carvel // Matthew 26:30-56The word ‘Gethsemane’ is derived from two Hebrew words: gat, which means "a place for pressing oil (or wine)" and shemanim, which means "oils." During Jesus' time, heavy...
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14.Hope is Here // 10 The Lord's Supper - Joel Virgo // Matthew 26:17-35In the passage this week, we read about the last night before the crucifixion. This is the crisis point that the story has been building up to. The disciples have been repeatedly told that Jesus is...
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13.Hope is Here 9 // Jesus Curses The Fig Tree - Tobi Ford-Western // Matthew 21:12-14, 18-22Summary:
In this week’s passage, after throwing the people out of the temple Jesus came across a fig tree with no fruit on it and cursed it so that it withered. It would be easy to get the...
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12.Hope is Here // 7 The Cleansing of the Temple - Joel Virgo // Matthew 21:12-17Throughout the bible, we see God’s people taking the gifts that God has given then and using them to be a means of privilege. For example, the sabbath was intended to be a gift of rest but it was...
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11.Hope Is Here // 6 The Triumphant Entry - Tobi Ford-Western // Matthew 21:1-11Summary
This week’s passage tells the story of Palm Sunday and Jesus’ return to Jerusalem. We know that it is an important story because it is written about in all four gospels.
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10.Hope is Here // 5 What do you want? // ApplicationApplication of the sermon: https://youtu.be/16w9LYvEhck
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09.Hope is Here // 5 What do you want? - Joel Virgo // Matthew 20:17-34Recap:
In Matthew 17 we read about the transfiguration where the voice of God says, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.” After witnessing this, it would be fair...
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08.Application // The Temple Tax // Matthew 17:24-27From the sermon:
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07.Hope is Here // 4 The Temple Tax - Matt Carvel // Matthew 17:24-27In this week’s passage, Peter is asked if Jesus pays taxes. As laid out in Exodus 30, the Israelites paid tax for the upkeep of the tabernacle and this seems to have been carried over and applied to...
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06.Hope is Here // 3 Jesus and the Children - Matt Carvel // Matthew 19:13-15In the passage this week we hear a story of children being brought to Jesus so that He could lay His hands on them. Firstly what we can see is how the people wanted to bring their children to Jesus,...
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05.Hope is Here // Jesus heals a Boy with a Demon Q and A LiveFollowing the evening service, Tobi Ford-Western and Joel Virgo engaged in a live Q and A around the Sunday passage from the Matthew teaching series
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04.Application // Jesus Heals a Boy with a Demon // Matthew 17:14-20Summary and discussion questions from the talk:
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03.Hope is Here // 2 Jesus Heals a Boy with a Demon - Tobi Ford-Western // Matthew 17:14-20In the passage this week, we read the story of Jesus healing a boy with a demon. Firstly, we see the contrast between the transfiguration in the previous verses, with the chaos of fallen humanity...
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02.Application // The Transfiguration // Matthew 17:1-9Summary and discussion questions from the talk:
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01.Hope is Here // 1 The Transfiguration - Joel Virgo // Matthew 17:1-9This Sunday we began our new spring term series ‘Hope Is Here’. We will be looking at the book of Matthew from where we previously left off as a church, launching into chapter 17.
Often in our...
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