The Gospel of Matthew
The story of Jesus doesn’t begin with Jesus. God had been at work for a long time. Salvation, which is the main business of Jesus, is an old business. Jesus is the coming together in final form of themes and energies and movements that had been set in motion before the foundation of the world.
Matthew opens the New Testament by setting the local story of Jesus in its world historical context. He makes sure that as we read his account of the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, we see the connections with everything that has gone before. ‘Fulfilled’ is one of Matthew’s characteristic verbs: such and such happened “that it might be fulfilled”.
Jesus is unique, but he is not odd. Better yet, Matthew tells the story in such a way that not only is everything previous to us completed in Jesus; we are completed in Jesus. Every day we wake up in the middle of something that is already going on, that has been going on for a long time: genealogy and geology, history and culture, the cosmos — God. We are neither accidental nor incidental to the story. We get orientation, briefing, background, reassurance. Matthew provides the comprehensive context by which we see all God’s creation and salvation completed in Jesus, and all the parts of our lives — work, family, friends, memories, dreams — also completed in Jesus.
Lacking such a context, we are in danger of seeing Jesus as a mere diversion from the concerns announced in the newspapers. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Peterson, Eugene H.
One of the key features of Matthew are the five major discourses by Jesus. The first and longest is the Sermon on the Mount, which contains some of Jesus’ core truths. James, the son of Joseph and Mary, appears to use much of this teaching in his own letter and this is reflected in the Supplementary Material for that book.
|Introduction||Watch||19 May 13|
|Chapter One||Watch||22 May 13|
|Chapter Two||Watch||24 May 13|
|Chapter Three||Watch||27 May 13|
|Chapter Four||Watch||1 Jun 13|
|Chapter Five||Watch||9 Jun 13|
|Chapter Six||Watch||14 Jun 13|
|Chapter Seven||Watch||16 Jun 13|
|Chapter Eight||Watch||20 Jun 13|
|Chapter Nine||Watch||26 Jun 13|
|Chapter Ten||Watch||05 Jul 13|
|Chapter Eleven||Watch||10 Jul 13|
|Chapter Twelve||Watch||13 Jul 13|
|Chapter Thirteen||Watch||17 Jul 13|
|Chapter Fourteen||Watch||19 Jul 13|
|Chapter Fifteen||Watch||24 Jul 13|
|Chapter Sixteen||Watch||27 Jul 13|
|Chapter Seventeen||Watch||29 Jul 13|
|Chapter Eighteen||Watch||02 Aug 13|
|Chapter Nineteen||Watch||05 Aug 13|
|Chapter Twenty||Watch||07 Aug 13|
|Chapter Twenty One||Watch||10 Aug 13|
|Chapter Twenty Two||Watch||14 Aug 13|
|Chapter Twenty Three||Watch||17 Aug 13|
|Chapter Twenty Four||Watch||20 Aug 13|
|Chapter Twenty Five||Watch||23 Aug 13|
|Chapter Twenty Six||Watch||30 Aug 13|
|Chapter Twenty Seven||Watch||04 Sep 13|
|Chapter Twenty Eight||Watch||06 Sep 13|
|Summary||Watch||06 Sep 13|