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Jesus the promised Messiah, Savior, and King. Matthew 1-4
Jesus: The promised Messiah and Savior
Intro to the Book of Matthew

This morning we are going to start at 6 week series in the Book of Matthew

-Probably written around 65 A.D
-Written by Matthew- former tax collector and thus hated by the Jews (yet chosen by Jesus). His conversion is recorded in Matthew 9:9-13 and in Luke 5 and Mark 2. His testimony reminds us that Jesus came to seek and to save the lost and that His mercy is incredible

The unifying theme of the Book of Matthew is this: Jesus is the promised Messiah, Savior, and King of the Old Testament. The entirety of Matthew has this one abiding focus-- In Jesus the prophecies about the Messsiah are fulfilled.

Based on a survey of Matthew 1-4, in today's lesson I am going to prove to you the aforementioned point and then I'm going to unpack for you why this point is so important and it's practical application.

But first, let's read Matthew 3

-Matthew 3 introduces us to a man named John the Baptist (so called because he baptized so many people)
-John's birth was a miraculous one (born to his parents in their old age- mother was infertile) (Luke 1)
-He was a cousin of Jesus (Luke 1:36)
-He had a prophetic mission-- to prepare people for the coming of the Messiah. Both Isaiah and Malachi prophesied of John. In Isaiah 40:3 (written 700 years before) it says; "A voice of one calling: "In the desert prepare the way for the LORD; make straight in the wilderness a highway for our God. Malachi 3:1 says "Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom you seek, shall suddenly come to his temple..."
-Because of they way he dressed and spoke he reminded people of the prophet Elijah
-In Malachi 4:5-6 it says; "See, I will send you the prophet Elijah before that great and dreadful day of the LORD comes. He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers; or else I will come and strike the land with a curse."
-Jesus, in Matthew 11:14 says that John was the fulfillment of the prophecy of Malachi 4:5-6 "if you are willing to accept it, he is the Elijah who was to come"

As you will see in a moment, John was passionate about the Lord. His message was a simple one-- he called people to repent of their sin and to walk rightly before God. He was not afraid of men. He knew who he was in relation to Jesus.

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The call to repent is very relevant today. When our lives are not in account with the Word of God there is but one option: REPENTANCE--- turning, asking for forgiveness. Living differently.

John's message to repent was no different from Jesus-- see Matthew 4:17

Key verse: 1 John 1:9 "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness."

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v.12 His winnowing fork...-- reminds us that not only is Jesus Savior He is also judge. This verse also reminds us of the prophetic passage of Psalm 2 "Kiss the Son, lest you perish in the way"

Why was Jesus baptized-- though he perfect and sinless----- to set for us an example

Q HAVE YOU BEEN BAPTIZED? HAVE YOU FOLLOWED THE EXAMPLE AND COMMAND OF CHRIST (see Matthew 28:16-20)****


NOW: THE MAIN THEME and interpretive key to THE BOOK OF MATTHEW:

JESUS IS THE PROMISED MESSIAH, SAVIOR, AND KING OF THE OLD TESTAMENT

1. Jesus' genealogy shows him to be the promised Messiah, Savior, and King. See Matthew 1:1-17

Genealogies in the Bible are important because they are your credentials-- your proof that you are who you say you are.

The genealogy of Jesus is important because it traces his human lineage (Jesus fully God and fully man)

The genealogy of Jesus is important because as for his human nature it shows him of the line of Abraham-- He who believed God and to whom it was credited as righteousness (establishing from the very beginning that salvation and right standing with God has always been by faith)

The genealogy of Jesus is important because to Judah (v.3) in Genesis 49:10 it was said "The scepter will not depart from Judah, nor the ruler's staff from between his feet, until he comes to whom it belongs and the obedience of the nations is his". Jesus is that ruler and king

The genealogy of Jesus is important because to David (v.6) God promised that an eternal king would reign upon his throne (2 Samuel 7:13). Matthew shows Jesus to be this KING-- Jesus the King of Kings and Lord of Lord's


2. Jesus' virgin birth shows him to be the promised Messiah, Savior, and King. Matthew 2:18-24

Fulfilling the prophecy of Isaiah 7:14 "Therefore the Lord himself will give you a a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel."

Yes: Jesus' being born of a virgin is a miracle that I can't explain-- but that's ok because nothing is too hard for God.


3. Jesus' being born in Bethlehem shows him to be the promised Messiah, Savior, and King. Matthew 2:1-12

Scripture fulfilled Micah 5:2

4. Jesus going down into and coming out of Egypt shows him to be the promised Messiah, Savior, and King. Matthew 2:13-14

Scripture fulfilled Hosea 11:1


5. Herod's killing of all the children under 2 in Bethlehem and surrounding area show Jesus to be the promised Messiah, Savior, and King. Matthew 2:16-18

Prophecy fulfilled: Jeremiah 31:15

Q In thinking about the murdered children of Ramah, what about our mourning for all the children killed by abortion?

6. Jesus growing up in Nazareth and being called a Nazarene show him to be the promised Messiah, Savior, and King. Matthew 2:19-23

Scripture fulfilled: Isaiah 9:1-2, Isaiah 53:2-3, (Jesus the branch-- Nazareth means branch-- see Isaiah 11:1)

Interesting: Nazareth not mentioned by name in O.T yet it in Galilee. Further-- to be from Nazareth was to be despised (ties into Isaiah 53)

Jesus grew up in Nazareth, Nazareth was in Galilee (Isaiah 9:1-2)

7. Jesus' being preceded by John the Baptist shows him to be the promised Messiah, Savior, and King. Matthew 3:1-12

Scriptures fulfilled: Isaiah 40:3, Malachi 3:1; 4:5-6

John the forerunner of Christ-- preached a message of repentance calling people to prepare for the coming Messiah

8. Jesus, living in Capernaum at the beginning of his public ministry shows him to be the promised Messiah, Savior, and King Matthew 4:12-17

Scripture fulfilled: Isaiah 9:1-2

9. Jesus' performing of miracles shows him to be the promised Messiah, Savior, and King. Matthew 4:23-25

Scripture fulfilled: Isaiah 61:1-2


Application and significance of all of this

Note: One fulfilled prophecy by itself not super impressive, but once you start to add them up and see that there was perfect fulfillment you have to start thinking--- "There might be something to this"

1. Fulfilled prophecy is a great reason to believe the Bible is the Word of God
2. Fulfilled prophecy is a a great reason to believe in and follow Jesus
3. Fulfilled prophecy gives us confidence that the prophetic texts of the Bible that remain will be fulfilled just as said


IN CONCLUSION: So what have we learned today

The primary purpose of the Book of Matthew is to show Jesus to be the promised Messiah, Savior and King of the Old Testament. Jesus is the fulfillment of Scripture.

We can read our Bibles with absolute confidence. It's every word is from God and can be trusted

Every future event the Bible prophecies will come to pass.

Jesus is who he says he is-- the only Savior and Lord-- He is worthy of our worship and service. If you are not right with Him, put your faith in Him, submit to His Lordship. Follow Him