I’m preaching through the book of Matthew currently. Yesterday was chapter 3. I’m stressing the purpose for Matthew’s writing (namely, to prove to his readers that Jesus of Nazareth was/is the Messiah) and trying to “give the sense” of the reading (Neh. 8:8).
So far we’ve stressed:
Accumulating evidence that Jesus of Nazareth is the Christ (all fulfilled OT predictions):
- Descendant of Abraham
- Descendant of David
- Born of a virgin
- Born in Bethlehem
- Wilderness prophet forerunner
Finally, yesterday we noted the heavenly Father’s pronouncement of who Jesus was.