Footnotes

1:1: Messiah (Hebrew) and Christ (Greek) both mean “Anointed One”

1:6: NU omits “the king”.

§1:16: “Jesus” means “Salvation”.

Note: “NU” refers to the Nestle-Aland/United Bible Societies critical text Greek New Testament. Learn more..

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About the Gospel of Matthew

Who was the author?

It was written anonymously, but it was believed to be written by Matthew, one of Jesus’ twelve disciples. He was the tax collector whom Jesus called.

When was it written?

It was estimated to be written  around 85 AD , more than a decade after the Gospel of Mark was written.

What is its central theme?

All contents in this gospel give clear evidences that Jesus is the Messianic King, the Son of God, the King of kings.

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QUESTIONS RELATED TO THIS READING

1. Why did Matthew chapter 1 maps out the ancestors of Jesus?

The Gospel of Matthew starts out with the geneology (family tree) of Jesus, which many readers would skip. However, do you know, there is a very important truth hidden in this chapter? You are about to find out this hidden treasure but to understand it, you must know the answers to some other questions…

QUESTIONS RELATED TO THIS READING

1. Why did Matthew chapter 1 maps out the ancestors of Jesus?

The Gospel of Matthew starts out with the geneology (family tree) of Jesus, which many readers would skip. However, do you know, there is a very important truth hidden in this chapter? You are about to find out this hidden treasure but to understand it, you must know the answers to some other questions…

2. What does the word “Gospel” mean?

The word “Gospel” means “good news.” The Gospel of Matthew is all about the good news  brought about by the coming of Jesus, the Son of God, the King of kings, coming to this world.  As you read the Gospel of Matthew, look out for this news icon .You will discover that Jesus brought us the best news that mankind can ever have.

 

3. Why is Jesus called Jesus Christ?

The first verse of Matthew chapter 1 addresses Jesus as Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ means Jesus the Messiah or Jesus the Anointed.  Christ (Greek) and Messiah (Hebrew), both words have the same meaning — “annointed one”. In the Old Testament, there were many prophesies  and in particular, there is a prophesy on the coming of the Messiah. So what is this prophecy about?

 

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4. What is the prophesy on “the coming of the Messiah” about?

As we read in the Bible, in the books of Samuel, Kings and Chronicles, Israel was in its golden age when King David and the succeeding kings forged a powerful Israelite monarchy. 

 

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However, that monarchy ended when Israel was conquered and ruled by a series of foreign empires ( Assyrian conquest (721 BC), Babylonian captivity (597 BC), Persian period(586 to 333 BC),  Hellenistic period (333 to 63 BC), Roman rule(63 BC to 313 AD) …..). For centuries, the people of Israel suffered immensely under foreign rule.

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Old testament prophets such as Daniel (Daniel 9:25), Isaiah (Isaiah 53:5-6) and Micah (Micah 5:1-2) had prophesized about the coming of the Messiah. People  were looking forward to their Messiah to deliver them and restore the glories of Israel to its golden age era.  As God had promised King David that his throne will be established forever (2 Samuel 7:16), people believed that the Messiah will come from the line of King David.

 

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God’s love unveiled

Is Jesus the Messiah?

Yes. Jesus is the Messiah, the Annointed One.  God demonstrated His love by sending His only beloved Son to save us. Here’s the 3 areas that Matthew proves in this chapter that Jesus is the Messiah sent by God to save all mankind.

God’s love unveiled

Is Jesus the Messiah?

Yes. Jesus is the Messiah, the Annointed One.  God demonstrated His love by sending His only beloved Son to save us. Here’s the 3 areas that Matthew proves in this chapter that Jesus is the Messiah sent by God to save all mankind.

1. Jesus is from the royal lineage of King David

The Gospel of Matthew starts off by tracing the family tree of Jesus showing us that Jesus is the Messiah and that He came from the royal lineage of King David. This fulfills God’s promise in 2 Samuel 7:16. (Note: It is God who accord Jesus to the royal lineage of King David. Jesus does not carry the DNA of King David. Jesus has only the DNA of God)

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2. Jesus came to fulfill God’s promise to Abraham

Jesus’ lineage can be traced all the way back to Abraham. What this means is that Jesus is the Messiah who came not only to fulfill God’s promise to King David in 2 Samuel 7:16 but also God’s promise to Abraham in Genesis 12:3 that through Abraham all families will be blessed. So what is this blessing of all families?

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3. Jesus came to fulfill God’s redemption plan 

The “blessing of all families” stated in Genesis 12:3 is referring to the redemption plan for all mankind that God had spoken in Genesis 3:15. You see, when God first make mankind, they were made to live eternally. When Adam and Eve believed the lies of the serpent instead of God’s love and ate the forbidden fruit (Genesis 2:17), God had to pronounce the curses in Genesis 3:16-19 and mankind no longer have eternal life. However, God loves mankind and it was never His will for mankind to perish. So even before the curses were spoken, God spoke out His redemption plan for mankind in Genesis 3:15. That is, someday, Eve’s Seed (referring to the Son of God, Jesus, who will come to this world as a human being) will bruise the devil’s head. 

 

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The hidden message in Matthew Chapter 1

So, now can you see why the apostle Matthew wrote this first chapter with all the details about the family tree of Jesus? It is to prove that Jesus is the Messiah that the Jews have been waiting for centuries and to show us that God fulfills every of His words.

The hidden message in Matthew Chapter 1

So, now can you see why the apostle Matthew wrote this first chapter with all the details about the family tree of Jesus? It is to prove that Jesus is the Messiah that the Jews have been waiting for centuries and to show us that God fulfills every of His words.

Jesus came to give eternal life

God’s ways are higher than our ways. While people thought that the Messiah will come as an earthly king with his army to free Israel from foreign rule, Jesus came to redeem mankind from the curses and from the devil’s rule (Hebrews 2:14). Jesus’ blood was shed as a sacrifice so that by His blood, anyone who believes in Him will be forgiven (Matthew 26:28) and will not perish but has eternal life (John 3:16). The resurrection of Jesus proves that He is the Son of God (Romans 1:4) who has conquered death and that He gives us life (John 10:28, 1 John 5:12) through His Holy Spirit that dwells in us (John 20:22, Romans 8:9, Romans 8:11, 1 Corinthians 15:45, John 6:63)

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Promise

Claim this promise spoken by Jesus

PromiseClaim this promise spoken by Jesus

I tell you the truth, those who listen to my message and believe in God who sent me have eternal life. They will never be condemned for their sins, but they have already passed from death into life.

John 5:24

Do you want to receive Jesus into your life?

Jesus is God’s gift to you. When you believe in Jesus, you are saved, crossing from death to life (John 5:24, 6:54). You cannot achieve this salvation through any amount of good works because human effort can never meet the perfect standards of God (John 6:63). Only the grace of God can grant you this salvation and you can receive it only by believing in Jesus (Ephesians 2:8-9). By the blood of Jesus, all your sins (past, present and future) are forgiven and the Holy Spirit of God that gives eternal life (John 6:63) can live in you forever (John 14:16). All it takes is to believe and say a simple prayer like this:

“Dear LORD Jesus, I believe You are the Son of God and that Your love for me has driven You to leave Your throne in heaven to come to this world to die in my place so that I can be forgiven. Thank you that You suffered and died for me. I pray that You come into my life to be my Savior. Thank you that your blood has cleansed me from all my sins and I am forgiven even as I say this prayer. I believe and declare that from this moment onwards, , I am a new creation, I am a child of God, I am forgiven, I have a new life, an eternal life. I pray that You fill me with Your Holy Spirit so that I can lead the victorious life that You came to give me. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.”

If you have said the above prayer, you are saved. You are a child of God, the  Creator of this entire universe. You have eternal life. You are a Christian, a new creation. Old things have passed away. God has only great plans for you, plans of peace that will give you a great future (Jeremiah 29:11). From this day on, He is doing a new thing in your life so that you can have a rich and satisfying life that Jesus came to give you (John 10:10). Start walking with Jesus (tell Him (pray) all your problems, needs and desires, read the bible, believe His promises) and you are going to experience breakthroughs and miracles. Look for a church that is based on the Word of God (the Bible), that believes in the power and miracles of God and that teaches the unfailing love and grace of God.

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If you are not yet a Christian but would like to receive Jesus into your life, pray this prayer:

“Dear LORD Jesus, I believe You are the Son of God and that Your love for me has driven You to leave Your throne in heaven to come to this world to die in my place so that I can be forgiven. Thank you that You suffered and died for me. I pray that You come into my life to be my Savior. Thank you that your blood has cleansed me from all my sins and I am forgiven even as I say this prayer. I believe and declare that from this moment onwards, , I am a new creation, I am a child of God, I am forgiven, I have a new life, an eternal life. I pray that You fill me with Your Holy Spirit so that I can lead the victorious life that You came to give me. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.”

If you have said the above prayer, you are saved. You are a child of God, the  Creator of this entire universe. You have eternal life. You are a Christian, a new creation. Old things have passed away. God has only great plans for you, plans of peace that will give you a great future (Jeremiah 29:11). From this day on, He is doing a new thing in your life so that you can have a rich and satisfying life that Jesus came to give you (John 10:10). Start walking with Jesus (tell Him (pray) all your problems, needs and desires, read the bible, believe His promises) and you are going to experience breakthroughs and miracles. Look for a church that is based on the Word of God (the Bible), that believes in the power and miracles of God and that teaches the unfailing love and grace of God.

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