As one of four inspired biographies of the life and ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ, Matthew presents Him as the King, the long-promised Messiah who has finally come to His people in fulfillment of prophecy. Matthew’s biography, commonly called a “gospel” account, is not one of four gospels. There is only one gospel, albeit four accounts, each by different authors. Mark’s gospel presents Him as the humble Servant, Luke portrays Him as the Son of Man in His humanity, and John depicts Him as the Son of God, emphasizing His deity.
Matthew’s purpose was to show by His works and miraculous signs that Christ is the fulfillment of the Old Testament prophecies pointing to the Messiah. He steadfastly pointed people to all the signs and miracles that demonstrated who He was. Jesus never referred to Himself as the Messiah or the Son of God. His favorite self-reference was “Son of Man.” He let His actions do the talking when it came to His identity.
This collection of daily blogs are short commentaries with inspirational thoughts for each day—five days per week—spanning an entire year. Based on the New American Standard Version (NASB) these will spur you on to further contemplation of how wonderful our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is. First published in 2011, these are available in our archives, see the menu to the right.
A few notes are in order:
1. The reader will notice that in this devotional commentary we capitalize pronouns and other direct references to Deity, being consistent with the custom of the NASB. However, it should be noted that the original Greek in which the New Testament was written does not make this distinction.
2. Why just five days per week? Our experience is that for most people routines of life revolve around a five-day work week, so it is often easier to schedule devotional readings in that framework. This, of course, leaves the weekends free for alternate readings—which provides variety. We might suggest on the weekends, the reader read one chapter of Proverbs and three chapters of Psalms each day. In this way, in one year the entire book of Proverbs will be read three times, and the book of Psalms twice—with a few days to spare!
3. We suggest taking 15 minutes each workday morning: one minute to pray, asking the Lord to open your mind and heart to His voice; ten minutes for reading and musing on the meditation; and four minutes for prayer based on devotional for the day. The more specific you can be in your prayer, the better. Remember, the Lord wants to hear from you. Feel free, of course, keep a log of your prayer concerns, so that you can be consistent.
I pray the Lord will use these brief daily meditations to encourage you in your walk with Him.
NOTE: To begin this series, click here. After reading each E-Med, click on the link to the next one found at the end of the current reading.