“Now Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor asked him, ‘Are you the King of the Jews?’” Matthew 27:9 ESV
Well here we are. The Gospel of Matthew.
For those of you faithfully following the reading plan – we say good-bye to the teachings of Paul and turn our focus to the writings ascribed to a more Jewish audience.
We will read through Matthew, James, Jude and Hebrews in the coming weeks.
These books seem to focus on a Jewish audience. They presuppose an understanding of the Old Testament and the history of Israel.
We start now with the Gospel of Matthew – the Gospel of the kingdom.
Matthew declares that Jesus is indeed the long awaited Messiah, the long awaited king.
The structure of the book is set up to alternate between the activities of Jesus and His teachings.
We read of great miracles, casting demons, and calming storms to name a few.
We also have some of Jesus’s greatest teachings in this gospel.
The Sermon on the Mount (Chapters 5-7).
Parables of the kingdom (Chapter 13)
The Olivet discourse can be found in chapters 24-25.
Another recurring theme found in this gospel is the conflict between Jesus and the religious leaders of the day. We have the Seven Woes in chapter 23.
This great gospel closes with the Great Commission found in Matthew 28:18-20.
One of the questions often asked in the Gospels about Jesus is – “Who is this?”
When Jesus calms the storm in Matthew 8, the disciples ask, “What sort of man is this?”
In Luke 7, when Jesus forgives sin, the bystanders ask, “Who is this, who even forgives sins?”
When Jesus enters Jerusalem we are told in Matthew 21:10, the whole city is stirred up saying, “Who is this?”
At his trial, the high priest of the Jews asks, “Are you the Christ?” (Matthew 26:63).
Pontius Pilate, asks, “Are you the king of the Jews?” (Matthew 27:11).
As we read through Matthew we learn who He is.
He is Jesus the Savior, Christ the anointed, the son of Abraham, and He is the Son of David, the Messiah, the great king.
He is the king, anointed to defeat our greatest foes—sin and death.
He is the priest, anointed to offer a sacrifice to remove the guilt of sin.
He is the prophet, anointed to tell the truth about humanity and Himself.
The greatest truth is that He defeated sin for us because we cannot defeat sin.
He offered Himself to remove our guilt because we cannot atone or compensate for our sin.
Jesus came to save His people from their sins. You and I.
He came to establish His Kingdom.
He is Jesus our Messiah, our King, our Savior. He is Immanuel – God is with us!
Until next time… keep reading!
Excerpts for this blog were taken directly from: Matthew Volume I by Daniel Doriani, (Reformed Expository Commentary)