Gospel Of Matthew: Retelling Of The Life Of Jesus Christ
Matthew begins his gospel, the ultimate bridge between the Old and the New Testament, by developing the persona of Abraham, one of Jesus’ ancestors who would soon become a prominent figure in the progression of what a truly dedicated, Christ-centered individual is meant to be. Matthew then goes on to initiate the details of Jesus’s conception as described when his mother, Mary, would become pregnant by the hands of the Holy Spirit, causing Joseph to be visited and given the message that “[Mary] will give birth to a son and and you are to give him the name Jesus” (1:21). Jesus is born in Bethlehem and are soon visited by the three wise men who come bearing many gifts.
Herod the Great becomes aware of the discussion about a new Jewish king and proceeds to order that all young children in Bethlehem are to be killed. The new family flees to Egypt until the death of Herod Nazareth, a town in the northern district known as Galilee. After moving back to Nazareth, Jesus, Mary, and Joseph are visited by man, who would soon become known as John the Baptist, prophesied that Jesus will come to be “more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry” (3:11). John baptizes Jesus and becomes the accepted Son of God, guiding him towards a variety of trials and triumphs. He is led into the wilderness for forty days without any resources to be tested by Satan, ultimately being the guiding principle and send off for His message to flourish.
As Jesus’ word becomes known, he is successfully able to attain a small group of loyal followers, particularly when he presents the Sermon on the Mount which accentuates moral righteousness and truths of God. Jesus continues to attract crowds as they have become “amazed at his teaching because he taught as one who has authority, not as their teachers of the law” (7:29). Matthew describes ten of Jesus’s many miracles and also how Jesus appoints twelve disciples all while instructing the men to preach that of His good works and to pay it forward, no matter how badly the persecution they face impacts them. Jesus is not taken in graciously and is often criticized and insulted, but he Jesus responds by describing collections of parables that promote his message to an even greater extent.
He continues to move throughout his ministry of healing and performing miracles but still finds that both his disciples and the people, even those of his own town, are still not able to put their personal faith into him. Simon would become the only disciple to professes his faith and accepts Jesus as the Messiah. Simon becomes known as “Peter,” and Jesus states that “You are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it” (16:18-19). Jesus then proceeds to lay out prominent Christian “rules and regulations” that cover a variety of aspects such as remission and diffidence, but also on divorce, selfishness, and wealth. In relation to affluence.
Jesus then arrives in Jerusalem, where he chases money changers from the Jewish temple as he had no tolerance for corruption and greed in such an important house of prayer. He is successfully able to attain the favor of the people, but is now aware of the true depravity of Jerusalem, and he warns his disciples to be prepared for the destruction and chaos to ensue due to God’s unhappiness with them. Jesus claims that “Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven” (24:30) and their mourning will cease due to the actions of this savior. As the gospel begins to draw towards an end, Jesus celebrates the Last Supper with his disciples.
Jesus he explains that Judas will betray him and after he has died, even his most loyal disciples will flee. He offers them bread and wine, the Eucharist, which would come to symbolize Jesus’s body and blood. The supper ends and Jesus prays in the Gethsemane garden, and as he is leaving, is confronted by Judas, a large mob, and Roman soldiers. Jesus is arrested and convicted by a Jewish court, causing him to be sent to Pontius Pilate, the governor of Rome, for a final hearing.
Pilate lets the crowd decide Jesus’s fate and they call for his crucifixion. Jesus is removed, enthroned with thorns, scorned, and is nailed to the cross. In his final waking moments, cries out, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (27:46). Jesus is buried and a guard is set over the caved tomb. Soon, Mary Magdalene and Mary to anoint his body but the tomb empty.
An angel appears to them and says that Jesus has been resurrected and he is Galilee. Jesus finally meets them and asks for his disciples to be sent forward. There, Jesus advises his followers to spread and promote his ministry and assist all nonbelievers as they travel throughout the country, and of course, the world.
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