A Strange Way to Save the World.
The Gospel of Matthew is not just a history account but Gospel means good news. We should read this passage as if it is good news to us. Not just a story that occurred a long time ago. This is not just a fable.
WHAT IS THE TEXT SAYING?
I. Who is Jesus? (v.1)
The Savior- Jesus in Greek literally means “Yahweh Saves”
The Christ- The promised Messiah. This whole chapter is proof that he is the prophesied Messiah.
The Son of David- The promised Warrior King. The one that will come in and bring peace and usher in the presence of God.
The Son of Abraham- The promised offspring that is to bring blessings to the world.
II. Who did Jesus come for? (v.2-16)
Notice Good kings and bad kings
Notice 4 women mentioned
Bathsheba (Adultery) Notice that she is mentioned as uriah’s wife.
Mary (Unwed pregnant teenager)
Notice 3 out of the 4 women were also most likely gentiles.
Notice the adoptive father Joseph
III. Summary of Old Testament and how it all points us to Jesus. (v.17)
WHAT IS THE TEXT TEACHING US?
Jesus is the Messiah and King predicted by the Old Testament. God gives us over-whelming proof because he knows how unbelievable the virgin birth is.
HOW DOES IT POINT US TO JESUS?
He is the Savior
He is the Messiah
He is the Son of David
He is the Son of Abraham
He is Immanuel (God is with us)
WHAT CHANGES MONDAY?
How will you respond to this Jesus?
Like the leaders, will you completely reject Jesus?
Like the crowds, will you casually observe Jesus?
Like the disciples, will you unconditionally follow Jesus?
- What is Matthew’s overall purpose in writing this Gospel?
- How is Matthew’s Gospel different from a New Testament letter?
- Which person in the genealogy do you most resonate with, and why?
- What is the significance of the term Christ?
- What did the Old Testament prophets promise the Jewish “Messiah” would be, and how is He also good news for the Gentiles?
- How did morally outcast people figure in to Jesus’ coming?
- In what way does this Gospel have a global purpose?
- How should true disciples respond to Jesus as a result of Matthew’s Gospel?