Matthew 26:14-16; 20-25

The Gospel of Matthew

Session 58th – 4/26/2014

Fr. John Codis

26:14-16; 20-25

The Traitor’s Bargain and Love’s last appeal

 

The Traitor’s Bargain

We can pinpoint three real reasons why Judas betrayed Jesus:

  1. It may have been of avarice
  2. It may have been because of bitter hatred
  3. It may be that Judas never intended Christ to die.

It’s not Jesus who can changed by us, be we who need to changed by Christ.

“Rabbi , is it I?” (Matt 26:25)

There is no question that Judas went about his deceitful business with complete secrecy. He had to conceal his plans from his fellow disciples but could not conceal them from Christ.

Christ knows always what we have in our hearts and minds no matter how hard we try to hide or forget.

The only weapon that Christ will ever use is the weapon of love’s appeal.

When Christ seeks to stop us from sinning he does two things:

  1. He confronts us with our sin.
  2. He confronts us with Himself.

“He sees a man to become aware of the horror of the thing he is about to do, and of the love which yearns to stop him doing it.”

“Our hearts revolt against the son or daughter who cold-bloodedly breaks a parent’s heart – which is what Judas did to Jesus – and the tragedy is that this is what we ourselves so often do.”

 

 

 

Matthew 26: 1-13

Adult Christian Education

Rev. Christopher T. Metropulos

Matthew 26:1-13

Pgs’ 70-71

Wednesday: The Sanhedrin’s Conspiracy

  1. Focus on the Coming Passion beginning- 2 days after Passover happens, when the Son of man is to be delivered up
  1. The Anointing at Bethany and the plan to betray Jesus
    1. Christ’s prediction of His imminent death
    2. Plotting to betray him- size of the population had grown from 50,000 to 250,000.
    3. Judas devotion juxtaposed by betrayal at the house of Simon the leper in Bethany
  1. Alabaster flask of expensive perfume- disciples indignation whey they witnessed it
    1. Jesus defense of the woman

Matthew 25:31-46

St. Demetrios Bible Study

3/22/15

Matthew 25:31-46

Sampson Kasapakis

1) Text: Judging the Nations (Gospel Reading on Judgment Sunday)

31 “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy[a] angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. 32 All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. 33 And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35 for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; 36 I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’ 37 “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? 38 When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? 39 Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 40 And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’ 41 “Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels: 42 for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; 43 I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.’44 “Then they also will answer Him,[b] saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?’ 45 Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ 46 And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

 

2) Sheep VS Goats Recap: Remember one of our previous bible studies? What does it mean to be a sheep?

3) How do we stay on the right hand side that gets to enter into the Kingdom of Heaven?

4) “Even as Christ is healthy in the souls that are healthy, he is ailing in the souls that are ailing”- Unknown

5) New York City Rescue Mission Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6jSKLtmYdM

6) My challenge to us for the rest of this Lenten season. Change how you see people, not just the ones in this church but everywhere! See Christ in everyone and everything and more importantly allow Christ to come alive within us so when others look at us they may see Him.

Women’s Bible Study

This Sunday “A Devoted Heart” will be gathering to read and study from the Gospel of John, the 11th chapter, Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead.

As we continue on to Holy Week, the raising of Lazarus celebrated on Saturday, April 4th 2015 the day before Palm Sunday, shows the double fullness of the Lord’s Divinity and His humanity.

 

Now a man named Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha.  So the sisters sent word to Jesus, “Lord, the one you love is sick.”

When he heard this, Jesus said, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.”  Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. So when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days, and then he said to his disciples, “Let us go back to Judea.”

“But Rabbi,” they said, “a short while ago the Jews there tried to stone you, and yet you are going back?”

 Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours of daylight? Anyone who walks in the daytime will not stumble, for they see by this world’s light.  It is when a person walks at night that they stumble, for they have no light.”

After he had said this, he went on to tell them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I am going there to wake him up.”

His disciples replied, “Lord, if he sleeps, he will get better.”  Jesus had been speaking of his death, but his disciples thought he meant natural sleep.

So then he told them plainly, “Lazarus is dead,and for your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.”

 Then Thomas said to the rest of the disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.”

On his arrival, Jesus found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days.  Now Bethany was less than two miles from Jerusalem,  and many Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them in the loss of their brother. When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed at home.

“Lord,” Martha said to Jesus, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died.  But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.”

Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”

Martha answered, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”  Jesus said to her, 

“I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die.

 Do you believe this?”

“Yes, Lord,” she replied, “I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.”

After she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary aside. “The Teacher is here,” she said, “and is asking for you.” When Mary heard this, she got up quickly and went to him. Now Jesus had not yet entered the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him. When the Jews who had been with Mary in the house, comforting her, noticed how quickly she got up and went out, they followed her, supposing she was going to the tomb to mourn there.

When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”

When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. “Where have you laid him?” he asked.

“Come and see, Lord,” they replied.

Jesus wept.

 Then the Jews said, “See how he loved him!”

 But some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?”

Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance. “Take away the stone,” he said.

“But, Lord,” said Martha, the sister of the dead man, “by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days.”

 Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?”

So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me.  I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.”

When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face.

Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.”

Therefore many of the Jews who had come to visit Mary, and had seen what Jesus did, believed in him. (John 11:1-45)

 

This miracle performed by Christ is reassurance to His disciples before the Passion that though He suffers and dies, HE IS LORD and VICTOR over death!

What is it my dear brothers and sisters that you need reassurance from the Lord about today?

Come join me as we discuss and share how the Lord wants to speak continual reassurance to your heart.

 

With love and respect for all of you.

To God be all the Glory,

Helena and Christian 

Matthew 25: 14-30

Adult Christian Education
Rev. Christopher T. Metropulos
Matthew 25:14-30

We must be good stewards- A third parable!
1. Each of us receives talents- what are we doing with them?
Time, Talent, Treasure, Trust

2. Be diligent in our spiritual lives and wait for Christ to return.
3. God’s gifts to us are many- talent was worth 6,000 denarii.
4. Second Coming- Settling of accounts will be done with each person by the Lord.

5. “Well done, good and faithful servant! You were faithful over a few things, I will appoint you over many things. Enter into the joy of your Lord.”

6. Gifts we receive- are they ours or are they given by God’s Grace?
7. Punishment of not utilizing our talents seems harsh.

Matthew 25:1-13

The Gospel of Matthew

Session 54 – 3/8/2015

Fr. John Codis

25:1-13

Ready or Not, Here I Come!

 

Some things cannot be borrowed, some things cannot be put off, and we can miss out on great opportunities.

Being ready has to do with doing the right things. Actively living in faithfulness to God. It’s more than a name or a title, it is a way of life.

Spiritual readiness, preparation and growth does not just happen at the snap of ones fingers. It comes as a result of one’s intentional habits built into their life.

Do we let our lives control us and let it lead us? Or do we take life by the horns and prepare ourselves?

Make sure you take your bodies to the mechanic and that they fill up your oil tank!

  1. You must be spiritually ready.
  2. No one can do it for you.

The Gospel has encourages us with these words: “See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. We have come to share in Christ if we hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first” (Hebrews 3:12-14). God has made this promise to us: “Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever” (Daniel 12:3).

 

Women’s Bible Study

Hello Ladies, I pray everyone is well and fully recovered from a fantastic festival.

This Sunday, as you know, is the first Sunday of Great Lent also known as the Sunday of Orthodoxy. It is when the Orthodox Church celebrates the Saints in a procession of iconsThe procession of icons represents a victory of the icons, were it was decided on a doctrine by the Ecumenical Council that icons should be venerated but not worshipped. They considered icons to be man’s dynamic way of expressing the divine through art and beauty.   The iconoclastic controversy was final ended.  The church holds the position of extending veneration and honor to icons but not worship, the last befitting only to God.”

As we gather this Sunday for “A Devoted Heart” we will continue to explore the divine nature of Jesus Christ, who is truly worthy of our highest praise and worship.

Our Bible study will be Matthew 14:22-33, here Jesus displays his divinity and dominion over nature as he walks on the water.

Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd.  After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it. Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. But Jesus immediately said to them:

“Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”

“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” “Come,” he said.

Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”

And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

 

Faith check!

Jesus says to Peter “You of little faith, why did you doubt?”

Ouch!  Can you imagine how Peter’s heart must have felt in that moment?

Can you see the difference for Peter when he had his eyes fixed on Jesus and when he had his eyes on the storm around him?

When was the last time you measured your faith?

Well exactly how do we do that?

Unfortunately, trials and adversity give us a pretty good gauge at what level are faith is.

When trials come, where do you fix your eyes?

The dialogue and interaction between Jesus and Peter is one that speaks volumes into our own lives.

As we gather to study this scripture, I pray that the Lord would increase our faith beyond measure through the priceless interaction between Peter calling out “Lord, save me” and the Lord, reaching out His hand with reassurance for Peter, as well as for all of us, “Take courage! It is I.  Don’t be afraid.”

Matthew 24:1-31

The Gospel of Matthew

Session 52 – 2/22/2015

Fr. John Codis

24:1-31

The Vision of Things to Come

This chapter shows us the things that Jesus said about the future and give us the vision of the things to come. This chapter comes after the pronouncement of Judgment when Jesus speaks to the scribes and Pharisees.

The Siege of Jerusalem

Christ is speaking about the destruction of the Temple in 70AD. This is what Jesus foresaw; these are the things he forewarned. We must never forget that not only men but nations need the wisdom of Christ. Christ laid down the laws by which alone a nation can prosper, and by disregard of which it can do no other than miserably perish.

The Day of the Lord

God has not abandoned the world and we must not be discouraged at the crescendo of evil within the world. Destruction is a prelude to recreation.

We cannot take the pictures in their details word for word. They are only symbolic and which use the only pictures which the minds of men could conceive.

The basic meaning is this, whatever the world is like, God has not abandoned it.

The Persecution to Come

Christ is brutally honest. He never promised his disciples an easy way; he promised them death and suffering and persecution. The real church will always be persecuted so long as it exists in a world which is not Christian.

Christ offers us the following:

  1. A New Loyalty
  2. A New standard
  3. A New Example
  4. A New Conscience

Women’s Bible Study

For the month of February, “A Devoted Heart” will be meeting just this Sunday, Feb. 1st for our Bible Study then we will break for festival activities and recovery and reconvene again on March 1st.

 

This Sunday we will be studying from

Luke 17:11-19

 

Jesus Heals Ten Men With Leprosy

11 Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. 12 As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance 13 and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”

14 When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed.

15 One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. 16 He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan.

17 Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? 18 Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19 Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”

 

Ladies, as we are preparing to enter into the Lenten season, we must do a heart check.

Do you have a grateful heart towards God?

Have you remembered to thank God daily for the many blessings, both seen and unseen, in your children’s, your family’s, and your life?

As we gather and share on Sunday, we will discuss what a gracious heart looks like and how a grateful heart towards God can constantly express itself no matter what life may “try” to throw at us.

In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18

 

May I encourage you this week that you do not live underneath any negative circumstance or situation in your life, but you rise above them through the power of Jesus Christ in you! You use the circumstance or situation as a stepping stone to draw you closer into a personal intimate relationship our Father in Heaven desires for you to have with Him.

 

You may say, “but Helena this _______ is going on in my life, how can I be grateful for that?”

So I share this revelation from God to me from my own personal experience.  You are not to be grateful for the negative situation, circumstance or trial you have walked through or are walking through now or possibly will walk through in the future but you ARE to be grateful that the One who knows all, controls all, and sees all is right there with you, walking with you THROUGH that circumstance.  He is holding your hand, walking with you and even at times carrying you and your broken heart.

 

It is my prayer for you that you would be strengthened today, that although your life may not look like what you thought or hoped it would be, know this: God is not caught off guard by how your life looks.  He is not surprised by where you are or what has happened.  Just remember… He is not done with you yet. Until the day He calls us home in Heaven, He is constantly refining us as living vessels for His Glory!  Only a cracked vase shows the beautiful light shining within it!