Introduction to the Gospel of Matthew
Today Pastor David Powell presented an introduction to this gospel that sits at the trail head of the New Testament. We will be spending many months walking through this book together and I look forward to learning with you about our great Messiah. I have applied our learning model to this sermon and invite you to do similar…
See it clearly
I took three main points from this introductory message and Pastor David took this from the genealogy in Matt 1:2-6.
- Jesus is the rightful king
- Jesus fulfilled the promises of God
- Jesus is God’s grace to sinners
Get it truly
I understand this to mean that although God directed Samuel to anoint Saul (1 Sam 10:1) and then David (1 Sam 16:12-13) as King, Jesus is the true everlasting King of Israel (Daniel 7:13-14; Matt 27:11; Col 1:13-18; John 12:12-13) who will, in the end of the age, deliver the Kingdom to the Father (1 Cor 15:24-28).
Jesus fulfills the promises made to Abraham and his descendants (Jer 31:31-33; Ezek 36:26-27; Deut 30:6) by himself becoming the just means for God to show mercy and to bless his people (Luke 22:20, 24:44-49; Acts 3:18; Rom 2:28-29, Rom 3:22-26). Jesus has become the yes to all the promises of God (2 Cor 1:20) and has included all who put their faith in Jesus within the covenant family of Abraham (Gal 3:7-9; Rom 4:13-16).
Jesus is God’s grace to sinners because he came to save sinners (1 Tim 1:15) and he died for the ungodly (Rom 5:6) and he reconciles us to God and saves us from wrath when we are still enemies of God (Rom 5:8-11). As we saw in Romans 3:22-26 Jesus’ death (a sacrificial and substitutionary atonement) made it possible for God to be just and, at the same time, the justifier of the one who puts their faith in Jesus!…or as Isaiah puts it “a righteous God and a savior” (Is 45:21). The grace of God in Jesus Christ is also a transforming grace that makes me like Jesus (Titus 2:11-14; 1 Thess 5:23-24; Rom 6:1-2ff, 15ff).
Value it appropriately
These three points are valuable to me because there is a flesh and bone lineage and a real history based in real places and in real lives that have established the foundation for Jesus being received as these three things. His kingship is valuable because I am bombarded with other allegiances and with many alternative thrones that I can bow to if I am not aware of the true King. His fulfilling of promises that make me an offspring of Abraham (Rom 9:7-8) and an adopted child of God (Rom 8:14-17) rescues me from my past and my failed relationships and my own personal failures that make me feel distant from God (Eph 2:11-13). His promise of righteousness by faith alone (Rom 3:21-22; 4:5) means that I bear the very righteousness of God (2 Cor 5:21) and no longer need to feel dirty or unworthy (Heb 10:19-20, 21-23).
Feel it fully
These truths can impact my life if I will prayerfully reflect upon my thoughts and attitudes and beliefs about Jesus and determine if I am failing to see him in any of these ways. I need to consider if I am surrendering to his kingship and living in the light of his promises and walking in the grace of God each day. Perhaps we should ask ourselves these questions:
- Who or what is sitting on the throne of my life?
- Am I a part of God’s promised family by faith in Christ or am I not yet trusting in Jesus?
- Am I experiencing the transforming power and freedom of the grace of God or am I relying on my own strength?
Do it joyfully
Commit to take action if you think you are not seeing Jesus correctly or if you are not living under his reign or promises or grace. Call upon the Lord and he will help you (Ps 86:5).
Share it compassionately
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Soli Deo Gloria!