Hi friends I’m back! The blog hasn’t been getting much love from me lately in terms of time being put in to write posts, but I think I have come up with a schedule that will help me manage my blog time better and keep my posts more consistent. I just finished reading through Matthew yesterday and thought a recap post would be a good kickstart for the first blog post of the year.
So Matthew is twenty-eight chapters which means that if I sat here and typed everything that I loved about this book and wanted to share it would be a million words. So, instead of fleshing out every detail of Matthew, I’m going to share with you the five things that stood out to me the most as I was reading.
- UNFAILING FATIH: It was so neat to read about how many people had such active and committed faith in the fact that Jesus was the Messiah. There were so many people that threw caution to the wind and believed what they had been told and gave up their lives to serve Jesus and follow Him, even when that was an unpopular opinion to have. (Examples: Joseph in chapters 1 and 2, John the Baptist in chapters 3 and 11, and Jesus calling his first disciples in chapter 4)
- FULFILLMENT OF PROPHECIES: This one is kind of small and not a huge part of Matthew, but I continued to notice how every prophecy that had been said once before about the coming of Jesus was being fulfilled. What a reminder this is of the fact that God doesn’t leave anything He does open ended; everything will be completed and/or fulfilled in its time. (Examples: Chapters 1, 2, 4, 8, 12, 13, 26, etc.)
- FORGIVENESS/LOVE OF ENEMIES: As we all know, Jesus was in constant focus to love those who did not love him. He made it an effort to show compassion upon anyone and everyone who crossed His path. Even those that betrayed Him—like Judas and even Peter when he denied Jesus—were forgiven. Jesus didn’t just die for those that had unfailing faith, He died for everyone including those who fought against Him and sentenced Him to death. (Examples: Chapters 26 and 27)
- WARNING AGAINST LUKEWARM FAITH: Over and over again, Jesus makes it a point to discuss how dangerous a lukewarm faith can be. You cannot only be in halfway, true faith doesn’t work that way. In a more specific example, Jesus speaks of His second coming making it apparent that those who wait around to enact their faith are the ones who will be left behind because there is no set time or date for Jesus’ return. We cannot procrastinate our faith because we don’t know when that active faith is going to be crucial for us. (Examples: Chapters 24, 25, 26, 27, etc.)
- THE POWER OF JESUS: It’s pretty easy to spot out the number of examples of Jesus’ great power, so I won’t go too in depth about it. In the plainest way to state this, it’s just truly amazing how powerful of a God we have on our side. Jesus could heal with one touch, one word, one whisper of breath. It’s so cool to be able to read about firsthand the wonder of the miracles that Jesus performed in His lifetime and how those miracles inspired faith in other people. (Examples: Chapters 4, 8, 9, 14, 15, 17, 20, etc.)
Thanks so much for reading, and if you haven’t had the chance to read through Matthew for yourself, definitely give it a shot; there’s so much to learn and to get out of it!
Much love & grace,