Introduction to Highlights in the Gospel of Matthew

 

Last week we finished reading the devotionals based on the parables written in the book of Luke. In those brief meditations we had the opportunity to have a first-hand look at Jesus as He taught in many different situations. In many ways, the stories he told are also our stories. Each one of us can find ourselves as a specific character in each scenario, or even as someone in the crowd listening.

What did you learn over the past few weeks that was new to you?

In what ways have you been challenged, encouraged, inspired, and/or convicted as you have immersed yourself in the stories Jesus told?

For the next eight weeks we are going to focus on passages found in the book of Matthew. Matthew was one of Jesus’ 12 disciples. Once a hated tax collector, his life changed in a dramatic way when he encountered Jesus. The book of Matthew is the first gospel found in the New Testament. This book tells how Jesus was rejected by the Jews, was crucified on the cross as a sacrifice for our sins, rose from the dead, and then sent His disciples out to preach His Good News to the whole world. The book of Matthew includes genealogy, history, parables, and sermons; but most importantly, it contains the life-giving message of the salvation we have in Jesus Christ!

As we begin this new series, be encouraged by these thoughts from two well-known followers of Jesus:

Jesus is not a figure from the past: He continues now and always to light the way for us. —Pope Francis

Outside of Christ, I am only a sinner; but in Christ, I a saved. Outside of Christ, I am empty; in Christ, I am full. Outside of Christ, I am weak; in Christ, I am strong, Outside of Christ, I cannot; in Christ, I am more than able. Outside of Christ, I have been defeated; in Christ, I am already victorious. —Watchman Nee

Continue to grow in your relationship with Jesus! Continue to read your Bible, pray, connect with other believers, and serve. God is working in you and through you!

Jesus said, “Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:20).