01. The Gospel of Matthew

This gospel was written by Matthew between 60 and 65 AD. He is one of the disciples of Christ and was a tax collector before he became Jesus follower.

This gospel emphasizes the fact that Christ is the king expected by the Jews. It links the OT to the NT and puts the emphasis on the fact that Christ fulfilled the promises God made to his people in the OT.

It begins with the birth of Jesus, describes his baptism and temptation, and then takes up his ministry of preaching, teaching, and healing in Galilee. After this the Gospel records Jesus' journey from Galilee to Jerusalem and the events of His last week, culminating in his crucifixion and resurrection.

Matthew ends his story with the words of Jesus to his followers, which tell what they are to do after he leaves them:

I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth! Go to the people of all nations and make them my disciples. Baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and teach them to do everything I have told you. I will be with you always, even until the end of the world. (28.18b-20)

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