Thy Kingdom Come
By John F. Walvoord
The Gospel of Matthew is considered one of the most important books of the New Testament, and properly placed first in the New Testament, the order of the books came from human choice, this gospel, a bridge between the Old and New Testaments, fittingly introduces the books that follow. Matthew deals with the life of Jesus Christ as fulfilling Old Testament prophecies relating to the coming King, and, on the other hand, it explains why the prophecies relating to the kingdom of Christ on earth are delayed in fulfillment until the second coming.
The first chapter opens giving us the gemology of Christ. Giving us an accurate account of the blood line to the show he is in the linage of David, Abraham, and the Son of God. We are giving the details of the conception and virgin birth from Mary the mother of Jesus. In Matthew 1:18 it give the claim of Jesus the child is from the Holy Ghost.
Though we do not have much information about Jesus as a child we do have record of the retreat to Egypt, and the track back to Galilee, we only here about Jesus when he is in the temple as a child teaching the elders. The scene goes dark to he starts his earthly ministry. The book gives us a detailed breakdown of Christ as he carried out the mission he had been sent on.
Everyone today like to focus on the miracles Christ performed but do realize hr did not come to perform great miracles for a side show, but came to bring salvation. He came to deliver a message that he was the Messiah, the Saviour who had been promised and could have established his Kingdom if they would have accepted his. But since he was rejected by his own he would turn to the gentile nation.
Through this study of Matthew we gain a clear insight to who Christ was, is and will be. We gain excess into Christ as a human, with the knowing he was the Son of God. How it must have been to be living a life knowing your goal was to die for a nation who would reject and cause so much pain and suffering.
Many times I hear people talk about his love for us is why he died on Calvary, but if you study back it was not the love for us that cause Jesus to die on Calvary, it was the love and obedience he had for the Father, God almighty. John 3:16 did not say Jesus love the world it states For God so Loved the world, God loved us God gave Christ. Christ loves the Father and is obedient to his Father giving example of how we are to live and carry out our obedience to God.
I like how John Walvoord put in order the crucifixion with the 15 step using the entire gospel to give a good time line and picture. We cannot begin to comprehend the suffering and pain Christ suffered to pay the sin debt man owed. Christ had the authority and power to stop the suffering at any time. But he did not he completed his task as he ask us to pick up our cross and to follow him.
This is a good study tool for anyone who truly desire to learn more about Christ his life and the gospels.
Love in Christ