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Jesus, the King
Matthew’s Gospel is focused on explaining what the gospel is and how it need to be applied in the lives of Jesus’ disciples. For Matthew, the gospel is the great news that God has inaugurated the final stage of his program to reclaim the planet from the destruction of sin and establish his just and merciful reign more than it (Matt. four:23 9:35 11:five). God has offered the central part in this final stage of his perform to Jesus, his extended-awaited and specially designated King (Matt. two:two 21:five 25:34). Exactly where Jesus is present in Matthew’s Gospel, God and his kingdom are present (Matt. 1:23 12:28). The reign of God is evident when Jesus banishes demons heals the sick, the lame, and the blind and gathers collectively a group of men and women whose lives are to demonstrate God’s just and merciful character (Matt. four:23 five:16 9:35 11:4–5 12:28).
All this is trigger for celebration to these who know they want deliverance from sin—to the poor in spirit (Matt. five:three), the grieving (Matt. five:four), these who extended to see justice completed (Matt. five:six, 10–11), these who know they want forgiveness for their sins (Matt. six:12 9:10–13 11:19), and these laboring below the burden of religious rule-maintaining (Matt. 11:28–30). When Jesus, like his predecessor John the Baptist, preaches the want to turn from sin and adhere to Jesus in light of God’s coming kingdom (Matt. three:1–17 four:17), these men and women embrace this message of deliverance devoid of hesitating (Matt. four:20, 22) and with joy (Matt. 13:44).
God has offered the central part in this final stage of his perform to Jesus, his extended-awaited and specially designated King.
Matthew also paints a sobering image of these who reject Jesus and his message. Surprisingly, Jesus’ most energetic opponents are religious leaders who worth so very the recognition that comes from their positions of leadership and their clever interpretations of Scripture (Matt. 23:1–7 see also Matt. six:two, five, 16) that they have grow to be blind to its much more standard principles (Matt. 23:23). They would rather speak about the fine points of blasphemy, Sabbath, and tithing law than show compassion to the needy (Matt. 9:1–7 12:1–14 23:23). They would rather come across subtle techniques about the basic principles of God’s law, such as honoring parents, than make the sacrifices needed for maintaining it (Matt. 15:3–9). This radical contrast involving the evil that is in their hearts and their outward piety and concern for God’s law shows that they are moving toward eternal destruction (Matt. 23:15, 33).
Even much more disturbing, having said that, is Matthew’s portrait of these who claim to be followers of Jesus but whose claims will be discovered empty on the day of judgment. Like Jesus’ genuine disciples they will have completed substantially in his name, but Jesus will order them to depart from him simply because they had been lawless (Matt. 7:21–23 22:11–14 25:11–12) and simply because they neglected his disciples who required meals, clothes, health-related interest, and assistance whilst in prison (Matt. 25:41–46).
Rely on Christ
This does not imply that Matthew sees great performs as the basis for getting into God’s kingdom. As an alternative, the situation of the heart will decide who enters God’s kingdom on the day of judgment, and one’s deeds will be the outward manifestation of that situation. The healthier tree bears great fruit and the diseased tree bears negative fruit (Matt. 7:17–20 12:33–37). The situation of the heart defiles a individual, says Jesus, and the heart’s situation is revealed in the evil thoughts, words, and actions that come out of it (Matt. 15:10–20). This is why Jesus can say that, on the day of judgment, men and women will be either justified or condemned by their words: these words reveal their heart situation (Matt. 12:36–37).
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How can one’s heart be in the appropriate situation? These for whom following Jesus is much more vital than something else in life can be positive they are on the road to eternal life (Matt. 16:24–27). This is what Jesus indicates when he insists on perfection from his disciples (Matt. five:48 19:21). They surely are not capable of getting morally best in this life. Certainly, Jesus has deep compassion for sinners who want his forgiveness (Matt. 9:9–13 11:19). He demonstrates this in the restoration of his disciples soon after their miserable failure in the course of his arrest and execution (Matt. 28:7, 10, 18–20). As a consequence, Jesus’ disciples grow to be best in the sense that their desires and affections belong to him. They recognize that they should completely rely upon him to supply what they most need—him. Like the merchant in the parable (Matt. 13:45–46), they have discovered the one particular individual who provides worth to life, and they have place anything they have at his disposal (see also Matt. four:20, 22 13:44 16:24–26 19:21–22, 27–30 26:6–13). Absolutely they will fail, but, in contrast to Judas, recognition of their failure will send them to Jesus, who blesses the poor in spirit, promises rest to the weary, and gave his personal life so that their sins may possibly be forgiven (Matt. five:three 11:28 26:28).
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