In Matthew’s biography of Jesus, he repeats one phrase three times: “When Jesus had finished saying these things…”

This phrase signals a transition in the story. Jesus spoke to the people and afterwards the people respond:

  • One time they were amazed.
  • One time they followed him.
  • One time they did nothing.

Today people react to Jesus in the same three ways:

  • They may respect him as a teacher, but nothing more.
  • They may follow him.
  • They may ignore him.

Respecting Jesus is a great place to start, but following him is what he desires.

[Matthew 7:28, 19:1, and 26:1]

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