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The Magi: Gifts for a King (Matthew 2:1-12)

The nativity accounts of the birth of Jesus contain some famous characters.  Some of those characters are the Magi, or wise men, whose appearance is described in Matthew 2:1-12.  These Eastern mystics travelled a long, long way from their homeland because they believed they had seen a heavenly sign that a special baby had been […]

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Tychicus: God’s Postman (Colossians 4:7-9)

Very often we define ourselves, or find ourselves defined by, what we do.  Upon meeting someone, after exchanging names our second question is usually, ‘So what do you do?’  Our occupation, field of work or career therefore communicates to others something about us which begins to define us as a person. So on that basis […]

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Joseph of Arimathea: Emerging from the shadows (Mark 15:42-47)

The four Gospels give a coherent and complementary account of Jesus’ life.  However, relatively few stories are included by all four writers.  The account of Joseph of Arimathea is one of those which does feature across the Gospels – see Matthew 27:57-61, Mark 15:42-47, Luke 23:50-56 and John 19:38-42 – and the picture which is […]

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Zechariah: Interrupted by God (Luke 1:5-25 & 57-80)

Luke 1:2-25 & 57-80 Zechariah was a priest from a priestly family.  He had married Elizabeth who was herself a priests’ daughter (v5).  They are described by Luke as being ‘righteous in the sight of God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and requirements of the Lord’ (v6).  What an outstanding introduction for the first […]

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Simon Peter’s mother-in-law: Encountering Jesus & serving Him (Matthew 8:14-17)

Matthew 8:14-17 The third healing in Matthew chapter 8 is that of Simon Peter’s mother-in-law.  Jesus was most likely planning to stay at the house but Simon’s mother-in-law was unwell.  As soon as Jesus arrived He saw her and reached out to touch and heal her.  She was immediately healed and began to serve them! […]

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The Centurion: Faith in the authority of Jesus (Matthew 8:5-13)

Matthew 8:5-13 The second miracle recounted in Matthew chapter 8 is that of the centurion’s servant.  It is an immediately surprising story.  The first surprise is that the centurion would have been a member of the Roman army and therefore a Gentile but He was interested in seeking Jesus’ help.  Luke’s account of the story […]

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The Leper: Relying on the mercy of Jesus (Matthew 8:1-4)

Matthew 8:1-4 It takes until chapter 8 of Matthew’s account of the life of Jesus before he describes a specific healing and then, like buses, three come at once!  Matthew has already told of Jesus ‘going throughout Galilee, … healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness’ (Matthew 4:23) and of the crowds […]

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