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The “Take” Statements of Jesus

January 2nd, 2009

[from the Gospel of Matthew]

“Take heed to yourselves, lest your heart be deceived,

and you turn aside and serve other gods and worship them”

(Deuteronomy 11:16, NKJV)

Introduction: The “take” statements of Jesus are delivered in the Deuteronomy tradition (Deut. 11:16)-personal commitment and exclusive allegiance to the Lord. Please open your Bibles to the Gospel of Matthew, where we will be considering some of the classic “take” statements of Jesus.

  1. (Matt. 11:28-30) Take my ___________

2. (Matt. 16:24-26) Take up _____ _________

3. (Matt. 26:26) Take ______

Conclusion: “‘Twas God the word that spake it / He took the bread and brake it / And what the word did make it / That I believe and take it” (Queen Elizabeth, Life of Queen Elizabeth, ed. 1675). Would you take the name of Jesus with you today?

–Robert Housby

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