Matthew 20


Matthew 20:28

just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”

A ransom for many. Was Jesus’ life offered as a ransom for many (Mark 10:45) or a ransom for all (see 1 Tim. 2:6)? Both. Jesus paid for all but not all receive his grace. Many do; some don’t.

On the cross, the Lamb of God bore the sins of all (John 1:29, 1 John 2:2), and he bore the sins of many (Heb. 9:28). His righteousness is freely offered to all (Rom. 3:22), but only many are made righteous (Rom. 5:19). Forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to all (Luke 24:47), but his blood only brings forgiveness to many (Matt. 26:28). The grace of God brings salvation to all (Tit. 2:11), but only abounds to the many (Rom. 5:15).


Matthew 20:30

And two blind men sitting by the road, hearing that Jesus was passing by, cried out, “Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!”

Mercy is what grace looks like when you are needy. See entry for Mercy.


Matthew 20:31

The crowd sternly told them to be quiet, but they cried out all the more, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!”

Mercy; see previous verse.


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