INTRODUCTION TO THE GOSPEL OF MATTHEW
For thousands of years, human history awaited a promised Messiah—an anointed king who would bring peace and deliverance to God's people. Every generation had its messianic prospects, but even the greatest of them fell short. After 400 years of silence between the Old and New Testaments, God burst onto the scene. The first page of the New Testament describes it like this:
“The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.” (Matthew 1:1)
Jews reading this would have been elated—the Messiah is here! But the coming of Jesus is not just good news for the Jew; it is good news for the world. By writing his account, Matthew shows us why the coming of this Messiah is good news for all people and invites us to consider his claims, take to heart his teachings, and follow him.