Hope in Jesus

Series: Returning to Matthew

Hope in Jesus

May 03, 2020 | Paul Duppenthaler

Are you a smoldering wick? ...a hungry disciple? Are you a bruised or broken reed? ...a sheep fallen into a pit? This week's message is just for you.

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Hope In Jesus

Matthew 12:9-21 ESV


 Ultimately, God’s law is all about love!

Gal. 5:6  In Christ Jesus…the only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.

Gal. 5:14  The whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

Matthew 12:7 And if you had known what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the guiltless.


Matthew 12:17-18 This was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah: “Behold, my servant whom I have chosen, my beloved with whom my soul is well pleased. I will put my Spirit upon him, and he will proclaim justice to the Gentiles.”


Matthew 12:19 He will not quarrel or cry aloud, nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets;

God works in our hearts in advance.

John 6:37 All those the Father gives me will come to me,
and whoever comes to me I will never drive away.

 God penetrates our Spirit-softened hearts through the Gospel.

Rom. 1:16 I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. 


Matthew 12:20-21 …a bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not quench, until he brings justice to victory; and in his name the Gentiles will hope.” 

            Bruised reeds are much more willing to follow Jesus. 

James 4:10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.

             Legalism quenches smoldering wicks, but grace reignites them.

“Legalism requires personal, perpetual and perfect obedience from the heart, but gives no strength. It is a severe task master.” -Richard Sibbes, 17th century.

             Jesus is the “lifeguard” Savior for all who follow after Him.

Titus 3:4–6 When the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior.


Are you a smoldering wick? …a hungry disciple?
Are you a bruised or broken reed? …a sheep fallen into a pit?
Are you at least aware that you cannot save yourself?

Series Information

Matthew became the most important of all Gospel texts for first- and second-century Christians because it contains all the elements important to the early church. In this series, we are picking up where we left off in chapter 9 and going on through chapter 13. We'll be covering the importance of getting Jesus' identity right, his healing miracles, discipleship, and several parables. This series will take us through the first half of 2020.

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