(Matthew 1:21) “She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”
The Gospel according to Matthew was written under the Spirit’s inspiration by the apostle Matthew, who was also known as Levi the tax collector who left everything to follow Jesus Christ, before the destruction of the temple in A.D. 70 and as per some scholars, as early as A.D. 50.
Matthew’s intention is to reveal that Jesus Christ is the long-awaited King and Messiah.
We will notice in our study together that Matthew cites many times from Old Testament prophetic passages, underlining how Christ is the accomplishment of all those promises. By offering evidence after evidence, this purpose is never out of focus for him.
He wrote as an observer of many of the actions he portrayed, giving personal testimony about the words and works of Jesus of Nazareth…
“…when His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit. And Joseph her husband… not wanting to disgrace her, planned to send her away secretly. But…an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for the Child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.” (Matthew 1:18-20)
All this took place to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet Isaiah…
The angel said to Joseph that he shall call the name of the Child Jesus. “Jesus” is the Hebrew “Jeshua” which is translated “the Lord is Salvation” or “Savior”.
And God, having seen how sin has inflicted every man, how there is none righteous, and how badly humans needed a Savior, decided to send His Son to take the guilt of all our sins upon Himself and die in our place to give us eternal life.
All we need to do is believe in Him.
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
God’s Grace is the gift of His only begotten Son.
Worship Him today as the One who was not ashamed to take your place.