Shaped by a life of service to Christ’s Church, Fr. Christopher has dedicated himself to using all the tools God has placed at his disposal to spread the light of Orthodoxy across America. As Founding Father and host of the Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) and the “Come Receive The Light” national Orthodox Christian radio program, he shepherds a dynamic and rapidly expanding ministry bringing joy, hope, and salvation in Jesus Christ to millions of listeners on Internet and land-based radio around the world in more than 130 countries. Fr. Christopher is the former President of Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and Parish Priest of Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
Opposition from the Pharisees
1. Jesus Heals the Paralytic (1-8) 1. Forgiving the sins of the paralytic 2. Effort of his friends 3. “That you may know the Son of Man has authority upon earth to forgive sins.”
2. The Call of Matthew (9-13) 1. Gospel written by a member of Matthew’s community and not the Apostle himself 2. Jesus amongst the tax collectors and Pharisee’s confusion as to why “I want mercy and not sacrifice, go and learn what this means.”
3. The Question about Fasting (14-17) 1. “Why do we..and the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not? Can the sons of the bridal chamber mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? 2. New wine into old skins- fasting is not done in a legalistic spirit-never an end in itself.
Christ’s authority over sickness and death
+A girl restored to life (18-26)
+My daughter has just died..no, she is asleep.
+On the way to heal the leader’s daughter, he encounters another woman who was hemorrhaging for 12 years and heals her when she touches his garment.
+”Have courage my daughter, your faith has made you well.”
+Jesus then begins his journey again and heals the young girl whom he started out assist.