We're reading Matthew!
Who is Jesus? What does he want with you? The Book of Matthew tells the story of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This first Gospel picks up where the Old Testament left off, by revealing Jesus to be the long-awaited Messiah. Jesus comes to save God’s people and teach them (and us!) what it means to live in God’s kingdom. We hope you’ll join us on this 90-day journey! Explore the resources below to make the most of your reading with in-depth insights, Bible studies, discussion questions, and more.
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Going Deeper with Matthew
For centuries, God’s people have eagerly anticipated the coming king who will once again lead them out of oppression and into God’s glorious kingdom. The Book of Matthew opens by introducing us to Jesus, tracing his lineage back to the founding fathers of Israel: King David, Jacob, and Abraham. Right away, the Gospel writer makes a bold pronouncement: the long-awaited Messiah has come at last! And this Messiah is not just a man, but Jesus is Immanuel, or “God with us.”
Through sharing the stories surrounding his life, death, and resurrection, Matthew invites his readers to follow Jesus into a new way of life. Jesus speaks of an upside-down kingdom where the first will be last and the last will be first. Throughout his three-year ministry, Jesus teaches and models for his followers what it means to both love God and love others. After his death and resurrection, Jesus charges his disciples to go to the ends of the world, teaching others this new way of life and bringing them into the family of God.
Part One: Announcing God's Kingdom (CH. 1-7)
In the first part of Matthew’s Gospel (Ch. 1-7), we’re introduced to the man, Jesus of Nazareth. Throughout the book, Matthew portrays Jesus as reliving Israel’s story. Jesus’ birth is linked to the creation story and the founding fathers of Israel from the Book of Genesis. Jesus is then forced to flee an evil king bent on killing him, just as the Isarelites fled from Pharaoh in Exodus. To begin his ministry, Jesus passes through the waters of baptism, just as the Israelites crossed through the waters while escaping Egypt. Jesus then enters the wilderness to be tested, leading up to a moment on a mountaintop where he presents a new teaching, or “torah.” All of this points to Jesus as the new and greater Moses who reveals to God’s people what it means to faithfully follow God and love one another.