NTB-1-MATT-1 - The Birth Of The King
“And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins” (Mt. 1:21). Welcome to our study of the Book of Matthew. Matthew ushers us into the first phase of the New Testament—the gospel accounts. Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John teach us about the life of Christ, what Jesus did, how He died, and especially how He came to save men from their sins. As we think about the gospel of Matthew in particular, we see that Matthew is a Jew writing to Jews about the greatest Jew Who ever lived. Matthew is all about the teaching of the King, Jesus Christ. In fact, one of the key words in the book of Matthew is “kingdom.” Matthew uses the idea of the kingdom fifty-five times. He talks about the kingdom of heaven, which is a unique phrase that only Matthew uses. Thus, he is going to stress to the Jews that Jesus is the King of a new kingdom—a kingdom that came from God, that had been foreordained from eternity, and of which Jesus is the Head. Matthew, knowing that he was writing to Jews, used the only way he knew to reach these people. Matthew went back to the Old Testament over and over again, drawing out prophecies of Scripture that pointed to Jesus so he could say, “that it might be fulfilled, which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet….” In essence, Matthew was showing the Jews—via their own Scriptures—that Jesus was the Messiah, and that He met every prophecy and every qualification necessary. So, the Book of Matthew is all about the life and teaching of the King, Jesus Christ.