The Names of Jesus
The voice that the disciples heard during the Transfiguration said that Jesus was “My beloved Son” (Matt. 17:5). This term indicates a unique relationship that Jesus has with God the Father. Elsewhere Scripture calls Jesus by other names and titles to indicate other aspects of His nature, character, and roles:
Gospel Accounts found only in Matthew
Matthew records nine special events that are not mentioned in any of the other Gospels. In each case, the most apparent reason for Matthew's choice has to do with purpose in communicating the gospel to Jewish people. Five cases are fulfillments Old Testament prophecies (marked with asterisks). The other four would have been of particular interest to the Jews of Matthew's day.
Joseph's dream *
The visit of the wise man
Escape to Egypt *
Slaughter of the male children *
The death of Judas *
The dream of Pilate's wife
The other resurrections
The bribery of the guards
The baptism emphasis in the great commission *
The Pharisees and Sadducees
The Pharisees and Sadducees were two major religious groups in Israel at the time of Christ. The Pharisees were more religiously minded, while the Sadducees were more politically minded. Although the groups disliked and distrusted each other, they became allies in their common hatred for Jesus
Key Lessons from the Sermon on the Mount
Birth and Preparation of Jesús, the King
MESSAGE AND MINISTRY OF JESÚS, THE KING (4:12-25:46)
Jesus begins his ministry
Jesus gives the Sermon on the Mount
Jesus performs many miracles
Jesus teaches about the Kingdom
Jesus encounters differing reactions to his ministry
Jesus faces conflict with the religious leaders
Jesus teaches on the Mount of Olives
DEATH AND RESURRECTIONS OF JESÚS THE KING
The people of Israel were waiting for the Messiah, their king. Matthew begins his book by showing how Jesús Christ was a descendant of David. But Matthew goes on to show that God did not send Jesus to be an earthly king but a heavenly King. His Kingdom would be much greater than David’s because it would never end. Event at Jesus’ birth, many recognized him as a King. Herod,the ruler, as well as Satan, was afraid of Jesus’ kingship and tried to stop him, but others worshiped him and brought royal gifts. We must be willing to recognize Jesus for who he really is and worship him as King of our life.
Jesús gave the Sermon on the Mount, directions for living in his Kingdom. He also told many parables about the difference between his Kingdom and the kingdoms of earth. Forgiveness, peace, and putting others first are some of the characteristics that make one great in the Kingdom of God. And to be great in God’s Kingdom, we must live by God’s standards right now. Jesus came to show us how to lives as faithful subjects in his Kingdom.
Jesús was formally presented to the nation of Israel but was rejected. How strange for the King to be accused, arrested, and crucified. But Jesus demonstrated his power, even over death, through his resurrection and gained access for us into his Kingdom. With all his evidence that Jesús is God’s Son, we, too, should accept him as our Lord.