NTB-1-MATT-5 - The Life & Teaching Of The King (Part 1)
Jesus is the Master Teacher. Matthew 12-15 teaches us about the life and teaching of Jesus Christ, the King. This lesson is going to discuss Jesus’ life, how He lived, and how He dealt with others. It also gives us some insight into the teaching and practical lessons of Jesus. In Matthew 12:1-14, we see how Jesus is Lord. The Sadducees and the Pharisees —the “religious elite” of their day—saw Jesus and His disciples picking heads of grain on the Sabbath, and began to condemn them. Later in the text, Jesus heals a man on the Sabbath, and the Sadducees and Pharisees condemn Him then, too, for doing work on the Sabbath. In this context, however, Jesus not only showed them (because of their inconsistency regarding King David) that they did not understand Sabbath law, but also proved that He knew what could occur on the Sabbath because He was Lord of the Sabbath. Notice Matthew 12:8. Jesus responded to these Jews by showing them that “the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.” The idea of “lord” carries with it the concept of “master” or “owner.” This teaches us the deity of Christ, in that Christ was present during creation and knew that God instituted the Sabbath, how He instituted it, and the laws that governed its teaching. If Jesus is Lord of the Sabbath, and if He is Lord of those who may be healed on the Sabbath, then the practical lesson is that we need to allow Jesus to be Lord in every aspect of our lives. Jesus is Lord! He must be the Master and Owner of our lives. The idea behind this is found in Acts 2:36. As Peter preached the first Gospel sermon, the people heard his words that Jesus was predestined by God to die, that He was approved by signs, and that He was Lord even over King David. Peter brought his sermon to a climax by saying, “Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.” Jesus must be Lord of our lives. We must allow Him to rule and reign in our lives today. How do we do that? We do it by giving ourselves fully to Him, by submitting to His will, and by promising that we will live faithfully in service in His kingdom.