I am so excited to get to this point. After reading through the Old Testament in 70 days, it is almost hard to imagine that you don’t even get to spend 3 full weeks in the New Testament. (and here I am gonna try to double up days and read/write to catch up…)
I know right now, that I’m not gonna be able to give the text the focus that it needs. There will be so many takeaways from each chapter, that writing them all here isn’t gonna happen.
I’ll just do my best and document what jumps out at me.
I’m reading the Bible through in 90 days. Join me. Click here for more information on the ESV Bible in 90 day plan that I am doing.
I’ve always found it interesting that Rahab and the “wife of Uriah” are listed in the genealogy of Jesus. Women who play a part in God’s plan of redemption.
All of the things that took place in the birth story of Christ… took place to “fulfill” what God had spoken by prophets.
These things didn’t come true just to make the prophecy true… they kept a promise that God made. God is good at keeping promises.
More things came about to “fulfill” prophecy. More promises kept.
- Flight to Egypt
- Herod killing children
- Return to Nazareth
God’s plans can not be changed by people.
John the Baptist prepares the way of Christ. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
Jesus is tempted in the wilderness by Satan, but he bests the devil and sends him away. Jesus then starts his earthly ministry and he starts it with a sermon. Very short sermon:
Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
Jesus then starts to call the disciples. He tells Peter and Andrew that he will make them fishers of men instead of fishers of fish. Immediately, they left it all and followed him.
The sermon on the mount.
Blessed are the peacemakers… We are at war in the world. We are to be peacemakers when we can.
Salt is actually an irritant as well as a preservative. If we follow Jesus fully, we will be an irritant to the world.
Christ came not to abolish the law, but to fulfill them.
Sin always starts and ends as a heart issue. If our heart is not fully focused on God and others, then we are at odds with God. Being perfect as God is perfect is only possible after being justified and reconciled with God.
Beware of practicing righteousness before others just to have it seen. That will be your reward.
Why should we pray? Because it builds relationship and brings results.
Daily bread allows us to be filled for everyday life.
God’s standard is extreme. We can not meet it on our own. Only through Faith in Jesus can we be saved.
The Bible does not say to not judge. It says first take care of the crap in your own life, then you will able to see what you need to help others with. Also, if we focus more on other’s needs then we will lead life that few do. It will please God.
We will recognize followers of Christ by others’ fruit.
Build your house on a firm foundation which is the Rock.
Jesus says, “with no one in Israel, have I found such faith.” referring to the centurion. Good stuff.
Jesus heals the sinner with forgiveness, but also can heal the physical needs. Which is tougher?
Those who are well have no need for a physician, but those who are sick…I desire mercy and not sacrifice… I came not for the righteous but sinners.
The disciples are told that they will be persecuted. We likewise should be prepared for it.
Jesus says that he did not come to bring peace… but a sword. Interesting that he rode in on a donkey symbolizing peace. Also, he says that blessed are the peacemakers…Interesting.
Whoever does not take up his own cross and follow Jesus is not worthy of him.
We are told that if we come to Christ, we will be given rest. His yoke is easy. His burden is light.
There is something greater than the temple with them. That had to be a charged statement to the jews. They have done all kinds of work to keep rebuild it and here Jesus says that there’s something greater than God’s house. Greater than the place that the priests could access God.
Out of the abundance of the heart… the mouth speaks. Heart issues.
Jonah is mentioned by Christ giving legitimacy to it.
Parable of the sower and the seed. The path. We can only do our part. It is God’s job to reach people’s heart.
Jesus had compassion on the crowds that followed him. He healed their sick, but also met their temporary hunger needs. Jesus walks on water and calms a hurricane like storm.
Do not break God’s commands for the sake of tradition?
What defiles a person? Not what goes in, but what comes out of the heart. There’s that heart issue again.
Great is the faith of the canaanite woman. Great is your faith.