As we dive deeper into this study on Matthew remember this. In Matthew 4:4, Jesus says, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” Be sure to take time to ask God to speak to you through the book of Matthew. Conviction is good. Knowledge is good. Change is good.
“The opening two chapters of Matthew announce the arrival in world history of Jesus Christ. This was a long-anticipated moment in an ongoing story. Through various Old Testament references, allusions, and quotations Matthew shows us that Jesus came as the climax of the Old Testament storyline. He is the long awaited Messiah, the King who will bring to fulfillment God’s promises to rescue his people and restore this broken world.“
The word Messiah means this; A Hebrew word meaning “anointed one,” the equivalent of the Greek word Christ. Originally applied to anyone specially designated for a particular role, such as king or priest. In Jesus’ day, the term denoted Israel’s promised deliverer/king. Jesus himself affirmed that he was the Messiah sent from God.
Matthew 16:16-17 says this; ” Simon Peter spoke up and said, “You are the Anointed One, the Son of the living God! Jesus replied, “You are favored and privileged Simeon, son of Jonah! For you didn’t discover this on your own, but my Father in heaven has supernaturally revealed it to you.”
As we dig into Jesus’ birth in the beginning of Matthew there’s the first 16 verses of chapter one that discuss the genealogy of Jesus. In verse 17 he says that there were 14 generations between Abraham and David, then 14 generations between David and the Babylonian captivity and then 14 generations more that led to the birth of Christ.
The notes in the Passion Bible say this. “The generations counted in verse 17 make a total of 42 generations from Abraham to Christ. However, when the names are counted, there are only forty one. There is a missing generation. What could this mean? Jesus gave birth to the forty-second generation when he died on the cross, for out of his side blood and water flowed. Blood and water come forth at birth. The first Adam “birthed” his wife out of his side, and so Jesus gave birth to his bride from his wounded side. Jesus wants to reproduce himself in us. His last name is not Christ. Christ is the title that explains who he is. He is the “Anointed One”. “Christ” is also now a corporate body, the body of Christ. We as the body of Christ, are also anointed ones as Christians.”
1 Corinthians 12:12 says this; “Just as the human body is one, though it has many parts that together form one body, so too is Christ.”
So today, you’re not on your own. You’re not alone. You are part of a body of Christ. A body that wants to birth in you and those around you a new-ness that can only come from Jesus.