The Orthodox Jews still refer to the coming of a King: King Messiah. His coming is promised all throughout the Old Testament. He would not be only a deliverer; He would be the Sinbearer, the King of the Jews. Every Jewish woman longed for a son, hoping that he would be Messiah. The Gospel of Matthew presents Jesus as Messiah, proving His right to that title in a number of ways, beginning with His genealogy. In Matthew, His descent goes back to Abraham, but focuses on his claim to royalty as Son of David; his earthly claim is as a son of Abraham.
Matthew is the only book that records the coming of the Magi, who came to worship the King of the Jews. He was born in David’s city; He was worshiped by the representatives of the Gentiles in spite of His lowly surroundings, because they knew the prophecies and followed the Star. They gave Him gold, as befitted His royalty.
Kings have forerunners, and so did Jesus. John the Baptist’s message was “The Kingdom of Heaven has drawn nigh.” When the rejected King returns, His forerunner will be Elijah. More on all this as we proceed through the book. There is much more throughout the book that verifies Jesus as King. Matthew gives the most full version of the ill-named Sermon on the Mount; Mark and Luke give only fragments, and John never mentions it. It is given fully in Matthew because it is a teaching concerning the Kingdom; the Magna Charta, so to speak, of the Kingdom and all its principles. Because Israel rejected her King, the Kingdom has been postponed. Christendom is not that Kingdom. In this message, Jesus speaks as the King and the Lawgiver. Again, more on all this as we proceed.
When Jesus sent out His servants to preach the coming kingdom, He sent them as emissaries for the King, giving them power that only the King could give. It’s a fascinating study, and I’m eager to really dig into it.
Things are coming to a crescendo here as Christmas draws near. I don’t know how often I’ll be back to my blog. I want to do at least one more post before the big day, but I can’t make any promises. We’ll see.