For part 5 of our series on Matthew, we look at the death of John the Baptist, some miracle stories, and Jesus’ call to treason. We see Jesus in these chapters take a political and active stance against Rome. Here is where the Disciples are tested and called to really follow the teachings of this new community. There is so much in these passages that relate to the time, to previous stories of the Israelites, to the inclusive nature of Jesus’ movement taking in outsiders. With this, we can really examine what it means for us today to “take up the cross” and follow Jesus and to consider the treasonous acts we may be called to participate in.
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