‘Jesus the King’ in the Gospel of Matthew

In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus is the mighty King who came to establish His Kingdom.

In the blog ‘Why are the four Gospels so different?’ we noted how the Holy Spirit highlights various aspects of our Lord Jesus in the Gospels.  So don’t be overawed when some enemy of Jesus ‘aligns’ the different Gospels and claims that the discrepancies prove it is not God’s Word.

  • In Matthew, Jesus is the mighty King who came to establish His Kingdom.
  • In Mark, Jesus is the Suffering Servant who came to serve humanity.
  • In Luke, Jesus is the Perfect Man who restores the image of God in people.
  • In John, Jesus is the glorious Son of God.
  • There is some overlap but each Gospel has a different emphasis.

#  The kingly face of Jesus shows up in the following ways in the Gospel of Matthew:

  • Jesus the King is revered as a baby.   The Magi bowed down and presented Him with gifts of gold, incense and myrrh. 1  As King, He was a threat to Herod who wanted to kill Him. 2
  • John the Baptist preached the Kingdom. ‘Repent, for the Kingdom of heaven [God] is near.’ 3  In Mark and Luke, John preached baptism for the forgiveness of sins. 4
  • The King includes gentiles and sinners in His Kingdom.  Rahab and Tamar (Canaanites), Ruth (a Moabitess) and Bathsheba (an adulteress) are part of the genealogy of Jesus (they are not included in the other Gospels). 5  If women were included in Jesus’ genealogy, Sarah or Rebekah, the wives of the patriarchs Abraham and Isaac, would have been more appropriate.
  • The King has the right to judge.  Judgment is a very important theme in Matthew. 6  Jesus as King has the authority to reinterpret the Old Testament Law (Sermon on the Mount). 7
  • Jesus has kingly authority.  There are more exorcisms, angelic appearances, divinely inspired dreams and nature miracles than in the other three Gospels.  With the death of the King, there is a supernatural earthquake, the opening of tombs and the appearance of resurrected holy people (not mentioned in the other Gospels). 8
  • As King, Jesus reigns.  He proclaims, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me’ 9 and tells His disciples to teach people to obey His commandments. 10

Conclusion

The message of the Gospel of Matthew presents one of the ‘faces’ of Jesus, His Kingship.  As we look at the other Gospels we will be more amazed at the miracle of the Holy Spirit’s inspiration of the Scriptures.

References

  1. Matthew 2:11
  2. Matthew 2:12-13
  3. Matthew 3:2
  4. Mark 1:4;  Luke 3:3
  5. Matthew 1:1-6
  6. Matthew 5:22, 29;  7:1
  7. Matthew 5:18, 26, 28, 32, 38-44
  8. Matthew 27:51-53
  9. Matthew 28:18
  10. Matthew 28:19-20

Author: Gerard and Alida

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