Jesus According to Matthew

Topics: Jesus, Gospel of Matthew, Messiah Pages: 5 (1977 words) Published: May 4, 2012
BIB-300A-Jesus' Life and World-XVI30-11/DFA – Who is Jesus in Matthew 12/1/11
Bryan K. Suits (0741365)
Fresno Pacific University Cohort BVI33-11/DFA

Table of Contents
Birth and Lineage of Jesus of Nazareth3
Jesus, son of God4
Miracles performed by Jesus5
Jesus the Healer6
Jesus as a Teacher7
Jesus as a Prophet8


The book of Matthew begins the genealogy of Jesus with Abraham and continues to David for a total of fourteen generations, the book of Matthew continues with David’s descendants to the Babylonian exile for a total of another 14 generations and finally the final fourteen generations to “Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary by whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ” (Matt. 1:16). Since Judaism is a matriarchal religion, tradition has the children take the religion of the mother; Since Jesus was the descendant of Mary, who was descended from king David through Nathan this gave Jesus a legal claim to the throne. The Gospel of Matthew introduces several significant facts and vital lessons for Christians and Christianity. Initially it obviously establishes that Jesus Christ is the Messiah who was foreshadowed in the Old Testament. Second it establishes that Jesus was the son of God; third, it records the miracles performed by Jesus; fourth it shows Jesus as a healer, fifth it shows Jesus as a teacher and finally as a Prophet.

Birth and Lineage of Jesus of Nazareth
The star of Bethlehem revealed the birth of baby Jesus; the awaited Messiah. The maji (the wise men) heard of his birth and traveled to Jerusalem seeking out the new born king of the Jews in order to present him with gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Upon hearing of the birth of the king of Jews from the maji, King Herod summoned all the scribes and chief priests and inquired upon where the Christ child would be born. And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written through the prophet (Matthew 2:5) King Herod then summoned the wise men to travel to Bethlehem and find where Jesus would be and then bring back word so King Herod could also worship him; this was only a ploy so he could have the baby Jesus executed. Upon the maji following the eastern star to Bethlehem and entering the house the star had led them too they discovered baby Jesus; they fell down and worshipped him and offered him the gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Being warned in a dream by God not to return to Jerusalem they returned to their respect countries from a different route.

Jesus, son of God
Matthew 1:18 states that Mary was found to be with child from the holy spirit, and just when Joseph had resolved to quietly dismiss her an angel of the lord appeared and instructed joseph not to be afraid to take Mary as his wife, because the child conceived in her is from the holy spirit (matt 1:20). Matthew 2:13-15 states that an angel had spoken to Joseph in a dream and warned him to escape to Egypt with baby Jesus and Mary because king Herod had plans to search out the baby and destroy him. Joseph was to remain in Egypt until the angel instructed him to return thus fulfilling what was spoken by God through a prophet; “out of Egypt I have called my son” (Matt 2:15) When John the Baptist had finished baptizing Jesus the heavens opened up and they saw the spirit of god descending like a dove and a voice from heaven spoke “this is my son, the beloved one, with whom I am well pleased.”(Matt 3:16-17)

Miracles performed by Jesus
Matthew documents a total of 21 miracles performed by Jesus. Matthew 4:3 shows that even Satan recognized Jesus as the son of god as he made multiple attempts to lure Jesus such as prompting Jesus to transform stones into bread. In Matthew 8:22-27 Jesus and his disciples are in a boat when a great windstorm threatened to completely fill the boat full of water and sink the boat. The disciples awoke Jesus shouting...
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