Matthew

More than any other Gospel, Matthew emphasizes the public teaching ministry of Jesus.

The link between the Old and New Testaments, Matthew presents Jesus as Messiah and King, the fulfillment of divine prophecies since the beginning of mankind. 

Overview

Matthew’s book opens with Messiah’s genealogical tree whose roots go deep into the earliest Old Testament history. He showed Jesus to be the Messiah, descended from the Hebrew patriarch Abraham, as well as being the direct heir to King David’s throne. Therefore, Matthew supplies the necessary connection between the Old and New Testaments.

But Matthew’s Gospel also reveals Jesus as King of the entire human race. Matthew wrote Jesus’ own predictions that all nations will one day bow to Him when He returns in glory. Legions of angels are at His command, and to Him is given all authority in heaven and in earth.

Matthew Themes

Fulfillment
The Gospel of Matthew presents Jesus as the expected Messiah who fulfilled all the Old Testament prophecies. This includes the promise of His atoning work on the cross.

Jesus is King
Jesus was the Son of David, King of the Jews. He is God's Son, appointed by God to return in person to rule all nations.

Christlikeness
Throughout this Gospel, Jesus models what it means to live a Christlike life, with God-honoring truth and self-sacrificial love.

Jesus' teaching
Matthew is called the “didactic” or teaching Gospel. God moved Matthew to record his Gospel methodically to help his readers remember the most important facts and understand their significance.

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest."