The Lord of the Sabbath

Rev. David Bast

READ : Matthew 12:1-14 Many devout Jews of Jesus’ day became upset when they saw him – as they thought – playing fast and loose with the sabbath day. But Jesus claims to be greater even than the sabbath. It is difficult for us today to realize how important the Sabbath Day was for the Jewish people in New Testament …

The Comfortable Words

Rev. David Bast

READ : Matthew 11:28-30 Listen today to some of the most comfortable words ever spoken — not comfortable as in “soft” or “easy;” comfortable as in “full of comfort.” The communion service in the old Book of Common Prayer calls the worshiper to confess his sins to Almighty God before coming to receive the sacrament. Then following the prayer of …

John the Baptist

Rev. David Bast

READ : Matthew 11:39 Have you ever wondered whether Jesus really is who he’s said to be? You’re not the first to have doubts. The man we call John the Baptist had a unique role to play in the kingdom of God. He was a bridge figure, whose ministry straddled the two testaments and owed something to each of them. …

Losers Keepers, Finders Weepers

Rev. David Bast

READ : Matthew 10:39 Do you know the saying, “Finders keepers, losers weepers”? When it comes to your most important possession, your own life, Jesus turns it on its head. Have you ever heard the little rhyme that goes, “Finders keepers, losers weepers”? We used to say that sometimes when we were kids, sort of as a taunt. Someone would …

Hard Sayings

Rev. David Bast

READ : Matthew 10:34-38 Some things that Jesus said are hard to understand; others are hard to accept and follow. But everything he said is important! If he had never done anything else in his life, Jesus of Nazareth would still be remembered as one of the world’s great souls for the sake of his sayings alone. Think of some …