1 Peter 2:19-25

Unjust Suffering

September 16, 2018 • Andy Falleur

- We took a diversion from Matthew this weekend and took a look at Peter’s reflection from the Garden of Gethsemane in 1 Peter 2:19-25. Peter talks about unjust suffering, and how we are all as Christians called to unjust suffering, because Jesus suffered for us and gave us an example to follow. It’s an intense study, but an important study. In it we referenced Jin Migra, “Pastor Ezra” and the news articles (https://nationalpost.com/news/world/group-officials-destroying-crosses-burning-bibles-in-china) that he was in last week. Keywords: Abuse, Suffering, Persecution, Injustices

Matthew 27:27-44

Mocked • October 14, 2018 • Andy Falleur

- In our text, it's interesting to note how little details Matthew provides about the crucifixion itself. What Matthew does provide is lots of details of all the ways and how much Jesus was mocked. This seems to be Matthew's emphasis in this chapter. So, we consider first the geography involved in all that's happening to Jesus, and then noticed the only interruption in the mocking which is how Simon of Cyrene carried the cross. From there, we considered the significance for us of the mocking that Jesus endured. Keywords: Mocking, Ridicule, Crucifixion, Mocker

Matthew 27:11-16

Mistrial • October 7, 2018 • Andy Falleur

- In our passage, we see the mistrial of Jesus before Pilate. In it, we are warned to not be like Pilate, and to be wary of the crowd, especially when it becomes mob rule. It’s interesting to see that the only person that advocated for the innocent was Pilate’s wife. We closed by seeing how Jesus can identify and befriend anyone and everyone who has been a victim of the unjust violence of the mob, been rejected, despised and ganged up on. What a wonderful Savior, who is able to comfort us. Keywords: Mob rule, bloodshed, innocent blood, mistrial

Matthew 26:69-27:10

The End of Sorrow • September 30, 2018 • Andy Falleur

- In our study this week, we see the grief of both Peter and Judas side by side. Judas handles his remorse in all the ways that we consider to be conscientious and mature, yet still went and hanged himself. Peter responds only by tears, yet is restored and has the privilege of preaching the first public sermon after the ascension of Christ. Why are their outcomes so different? What's the missing ingredient? Keywords: Guilt, Restitution, Absolution, Salvation