Summary: Mathew 12:33-37 /Expository Sermon.
Thank you worship team, for your good worship. my brothers and sisters I greet you all in the name of Jesus Christ. First of all I give thanks to my God who enabled me to stand here to speak from his living word. And I like to give thanks to all of you. Before we go into the word of God, Let us pray….
Get attention: Someone says: Don’t mix your bad words into your bad mood, you will have many opportunities to change your mood, but you will never get the opportunity to replace the words you spoke. It seems true, Bible also talks about it.
Pro 12:18, the words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of wise brings healing.
Raise the need-so we need to be very careful when we speak, as proverbs 18:21 says our words can heal others and it can kill others. So be sure to taste our words before we speak them out. So based on today’s passage which we have read I want to give my title. “We are what we say”
Orient theme- “we are what we say”. What does our speech tells about?
1. The gospel we read this morning this is the first book in New Testament, written around AD 70.
2. From the beginning, Matthew paints a picture of Jesus as an undeniably Jewish man, descending directly from Abraham, patriarch of the Jews (Matthew 1:1-16). The Gospel of Matthew is also the only book to point out that Jesus came “not to abolish the law, but to fulfill it”. This quote of Jesus has given the roots to his teachings in the tradition of Jewish Law, which was very important to Jews peoples.
3. This gospel was written by Mathew. Who were the tax collector, and disciple of Jesus Christ. Mathew was Jew, and he wrote this gospel for Jews, in order to convince the Jews. To prove to his Jewish readers, that Jesus is the Messiah. He does this to show how Jesus fulfilled the OT Scripture through his life and ministry. All The four Gospels, tells us about the life of Christ. Each has a different emphasis which shows us what was important to the author and his readers. Each Gospel writer had a ‘target audience’ in their minds when they had written Gospel.
4. Purpose of the sermon: our words are our identity, and it tells us that what kind of person we are. As we see in this passage Jesus is describing the characters of these religious leaders by using some harsh words. Because what these Pharisees are speaking and they just revealing who they are through their words.
The chapter we read today, from the beginning of this chapter Pharisees are speaking against Jesus Christ. They are trying to put Jesus in the trouble.
V. 22-24 Jesus healed a man and these Pharisees are saying, he is prince of demons and with the power of demons, He casts out demons. V. 25-26 Jesus answered them by revealing the foolishness of their accusation.
V. 27-30,Then he turns their accusation back on them, and stand up before them with the reality of what His power actually shows, namely that the kingdom of God is here, and the one whom they are opposing he is their very Messiah, even their God. As Pharisees accused Jesus as prince of demons, so Jesus is also speaking to them with some harsh words. Jesus warning them by saying who ever speaks against son of Man will be forgiven but whoever speaks against Holy Spirit will be never forgiven.
Jesus knew everything about them who they are. They were proving who they are through what they were speaking. Because the words we speak it reveal, what we are. They have seen Jesus do many good things opposition to the evil and sin. Then also they are accusing him by saying some bad words.
What does our words tells about us?
1st point our words reveal our character.
I. Our words reveal our character. Vv 33-35:
v.33, Jesus is speaking through an example, “Ether make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad, for the tree is known by its fruits”. A tree is known by its fruits. This Proverb means that the quality of a tree is known by the quality of the fruits borne by the tree. This literally means that the tree should not be judged by it appearance but buy the fruit which is generated by it. Jesus sees two possibilities of trees; they may be good or bad. Words are like a fruits of the tree, they reveal the nature of the tree. Here Jesus is saying humans are like trees, and their words are the fruits of those trees. Fruit always comes from inside the tree, not from outside.