Author Archives: David W. Jones

Daniel: Introduction – Daniel 1

Read the Passage: Daniel 1 Author and Date: The book of Daniel was written by the prophet Daniel, as this book itself notes (cf. Dan. 8:15, 27; 9:2; 10:2, 7; 12:4–5) and did Jesus (cf. Matt. 24:15, “So when you … Continue reading

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The Resurrection of Jesus – Matthew 28:1–15

Read the Passage: Matthew 28:1-15 The Empty Tomb (28:1–4) After Jesus died on the cross on Friday evening, His body was placed in the tomb of Joseph of Arimathea (cf. Matt. 27:57–60). At Dawn on Sunday Mary Magdalene and “the … Continue reading

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Jesus’ Crucifixion – Matthew 27:1–66

Read the Passage: Matthew 27:1-66 Judas and Barabbas (27:1–25) It is interesting that Matthew omits the details of Jesus appearance before Herod, and he compresses Jesus’ two trials before Pilate into one event. Each of the gospel narratives cites Judas’ … Continue reading

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Before the Crucifixion – Matthew 26:36–75

Read the Passage: Matthew 26:36-75 Three Prayers (26:36–56) Knowing that His crucifixion was only hours away, after observing the Passover, Jesus retreated with His disciples to pray. Their destination was Gethsemane, for “Jesus often met there with His disciples” (John … Continue reading

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The Last Passover – Matthew 26:1–35

Read the Passage: Matthew 26:1-35 Blessings and Betrayal (26:1–16) Jesus had predicted His own death numerous times during His ministry (cf. Matt. 12:40; 16:21; 17:22–23; 20:19). Further, many times Christ had eluded the religious leaders’ attempts to capture or to … Continue reading

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Illustrations of Imminence – Matthew 25

Read the Passage: Matthew 25:1-46 Parable of the Ten Virgins (25:1–13) In the Olivet Discourse of Matthew 24, in responding to the disciples’ question about the end times, Jesus emphasized the idea of the imminence of His return (cf. Matt. … Continue reading

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The Olivet Discourse – Matthew 24

Read the Passage: Matthew 24 Suffering of Believers (24:1–25) Matthew 24 contains what has become known as the Olivet Discourse. This chapter records Jesus’ response, while sitting on the Mount of Olives, to His disciples’ two questions about: (1) the … Continue reading

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Conflict with Religious Leaders – Matthew 22:1–33

Read the Passage: Matthew 22:1-33 Parable of the Wedding Feast (22:1–14) Recall from our study of Matt. 18–20 that Jesus had been teaching about the Kingdom of God (cf. Matt. 18:1). The triumphal entry narrative constituted a break in Christ’s … Continue reading

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The Triumphal Entry – Matthew 21:1–22

Read the Passage: Matthew 21:1-22 Arrival of Jesus (21:1–11) The triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem is one a few narratives that is recorded in all four Gospels. At Matt. 20:29 Jesus left Jericho and began making His way toward … Continue reading

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A Kingdom Disposition – Matthew 20:1–34

Read the Passage: Matthew 20:1-34 Knowing God (20:1–16) Matt. 20:1–16 contains the parable of the workers in the vineyard. This is one of 39 parables that Jesus told, and it is only recorded in Matthew’s Gospel. Matt. 20:1 is a … Continue reading

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