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Who Is Jesus?
He is God (Matthew 26:63-64)
He became a person (John 1:14)
He taught with authority (Mark 1:22)
He healed the sick (Matthew 4:23)
He hung out with the outcasts (Matthew 9:10-11)
He got angry at the religious fakes (Matthew 23:27)
He was persecuted unfairly (Matthew 26:59-60)
He was tempted in every way (Hebrews 4:15)
He never made a mistake (Hebrews 4:15, 1 John 3:5)
He died, rose from the dead, and continues to live to this day (1 Corinthians 15:20)
He made it possible to have a relationship with God (John 3:16-17)
He can sympathize with our struggles (Hebrews 4:15)
He Loves Us (Ephesians 3:19)
Matthew was one of the twelve disciples and walked with Jesus for three years. When Jesus found him, his character was questionable: as a tax collector he was cheating his own people.
Jesus transformed his life, and Matthew would later write the story of Jesus’ life so others might also be
You may be thinking, “what a crazy way to start the New Testament . . . with a bunch of long, too many – syllable
If there are 30 more days of this I’ll have had some good pronunciation practice but reading the New Testament is going to be a drag!”
I know how you feel! I remember thinking the same thing the first time I read the first chapter of Matthew over twenty years ago. Actually, I laughed at the name Jehoshaphat because it sounded like “Joe’s-so-fat.” But, over the years, I’ve learned the list of names you read are important because they set the stage for Jesus as the Savior of the world.
Everyone was looking for the Savior but no one expected him to be a baby. The list of names reveals the power of God’s work, behind the scenes, to fulfill some big-time promises (also known as prophecies) from the Old Testament (all the
writing in the Bible before Jesus).
I’ve known a lot of people who read these names and immediately gave up reading the Bible because they didn’t get it. In frustration they say, “hey, this doesn’t read like a love letter, it reads like a historical genealogy from my history class.
If you feel this way today, my response is similar to
how the angel responded to Joseph, “don’t be afraid . . . don’t hesitate to dig in and read . . . you’ll never be the same.” Joseph was surprised with his new adventure and he got to hold the King of the world.
May you, too, be surprised with this new reading adventure . . . soon you’ll hold the truths that are out of this world