Matthew 27 - Rome’s Governor Vs. Israel’s King

May 13th, 2019

Jesus'/Yeshua's trial before the Sadducean leadership is over and they now deliver him to Pilate for Roman execution. But Pilate is not convinced of Yeshua's guilt. Too often we gloss over the subtleties of the back and forth questions and Jesus' silence. Pastor Jay unpacks this dramatic moment as it leads up to Yeshua's crucifixion.

Matthew 27 - Judas’ End and a Prophecy from God

May 13th, 2019

Judas' end is a tragic event. Suicide is NEVER the answer even in the deepest despair. But there's more to Juda's final moments that a tragic example. It actually refers to two potent prophecies that spelled impending doom for the Jewish leadership, the Temple, Jerusalem, and the nation of Israel. Open your Bibles to Jeremiah 32 and Zechariah 11 and be prepared for amazement!

Matthew 26:57-75 - A Tale of Two Trials

April 19th, 2019

At this point in the Gospel, Yeshua has been arrested and is being brought before High Priest Caiaphas for trial. But Yeshua is not the only one going through a trial. Peter is as well. Both men are pressed for their testimonies - one speaks the truth (much to the dismay of the High Priest) and one...well, crumbles to dust under the pressure. This part of the account is deeply moving, gives incredible insights into God's cosmic plan, how Yeshua becomes our great High Priest, and brings hope to any of us who find ourselves suddenly pressed to "give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have." (1 Peter 3:15)

Matthew 26:47-56 - The King’s Arrest, Defense, and Surrender

April 19th, 2019

To varying degrees, most of us hate the sense that we're not in control. When we first read Yeshua's arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane, we get the sense that events are unfolding in such a way that carries Yeshua along, out of his control. Nothing could be further from the truth. Yeshua is in total control and fully committed to His Father's will and plan. How do we handle the seemingly uncontrollable times of life. Take a listen for some solid, life-stabilizing insights.

Matthew 26:36-46 - The King’s Prayer Under Pressure

April 19th, 2019

What do we do when we find ourselves in high-pressure situations? Most of us fret and panic. Some of us check-out and take a nap. Yeshua prayed. Pastor Jay takes us through Yeshua's prayer under pressure in the Garden of Gethsemane. There are wonderful reasons why this pressing time took place in Gethsemane, Gath Shemen, "the place of the olive press." It was in this moment that the fate of humanity was decided. And it has great lessons for all of us to embrace as well.

Matthew 29 - Advance Warning - Desert or Deny?

December 25th, 2018

As Yeshua moves through the Last Passover with His disciples, He gives them a very specific warning. He quotes Zechariah the prophet's words to Israel that the Lord's Shepherd will be struck and God's sheep will be scattered. With this remez (a rabbinic way of speaking or referring to an entire section of scripture without quoting the entire piece), Yeshua warns His disciples about what is about to befall them and why. The question to be answered is, "Will they indeed desert or deny Him?" Knowing what happens during Yeshua's arrest, let's not be too hard on Peter and the rest of the disciples. If we're put into the same situations, what will our response be?

Matthew 26 - The Last Passover - Redeemed By The New Covenant

December 14th, 2018

As Yeshua sat down to celebrate Passover with His disciples, He began to reveal to them the depths of a celebration that the Jews had practiced for over 1500 years. And now, the meaning that God had embedded in it could finally be revealed! Redemption. But what does redemption mean? Take a listen as Pastor Jay unfolds the various acts of redemption that Yeshua's death brings us. After this, you will see Passover or Communion in a whole new light, and probably with tears in your eyes in gratitude to the Lord.

Matthew 26 - Prepared For a Purpose (verses 14-25)

December 14th, 2018

The Passover is upon Yeshua and the disciples. In this section, lots of preparations are being made - preparations for the meal, for Judas' betrayal, and the trauma upon the disciples yet to come. As we see illustrate by this section, God does a lot of preparing, not the least of which is preparing us for eternity to come. Take a listen!

Matthew 26 - The Best Laid Plans of God and Men

July 26th, 2018

Pastor Jay takes a little departure from the regular "teaching" on Matthew and shares some preaching on Matthew 26. There's an old Yiddish proverb that says, "Do you want to hear God laugh? Then tell Him your plans." Yup. We think we rule our world and we're the captains of our destinies. Nope. God leads and directs our steps. We have plans, but God shifts our feet according to His plan. Take a listen as Pastor Jay shows how this is at work in this section dealing with the plans of the Lord, the wicked, the righteous, and even Judas.

Matthew 24 - Ready or Not, Here I Come - Parables About Jesus’ Return

June 29th, 2018

After telling the disciples about the clear signs of His return, Yeshua/Jesus gives the End Time disciples cautions, warning, admonitions, encouragements about how they should be living at the unexpected moment of His return. We find these in the parable of the Two Servants, The 10 Virgins (Bridal Party Attendants), and the Talents. We see the signs today and have since 1948. Where do you find yourself in these parables, O Disciple?

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