The Gospel of Matthew continues the story of the Old Testament by revealing Jesus to be the long-awaited Messiah come to save God’s people and teach them what it means to live in God’s kingdom.

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 the man, 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.”