One of the most beautiful things about Matthew’s gospel is how he would narrate an incident and then shows us how the scriptures had been fulfilled.
Here are some examples.
23 and he went and lived in a town called Nazareth. So was fulfilled what was said through the prophets: “He will be called a Nazarene.”
4 When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Christ was to be born. 5 “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written:
6 “ ‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for out of you will come a ruler
who will be the shepherd of my people Israel. ’ ’”
21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”
22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” –which means, “God with us.”
I like this. Today we have people who tell to question our Scriptures. People who tells us that our Bibles are filled with errors.
I would admit that we do not know it all but it is our understanding that is erroneous not the Scriptures.
Scriptures are to be read together with culture custom and audience relevance. So often when we try to twist it to fit an argument or a doctrine.
Matthew clears it for us. Scriptures is about him. It’s about the beauty and majesty of a God who became a helpless baby.
An amazing Father who became a son, a child.
So when you read the word see how it is fulfilled in Jesus.
Here Matthew takes it further, to him all these are sacred. He wrote his Gospel to a group of believers in Galilee who do not know they are Christians yet. People who do not know who they are.
So Matthew quote the passages of the Bible to these Jews to tell them whom they had believed.
He did this so that the written word would be fulfilled in them. That’s how they would know the living Word had saved them, loved them and is now living in them.
That was how he found their identity.
Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.
Now I want to look at the picture I posted of the word “fulfilled”. Can you say this after me?
Jesus was born so that the promises of God would be “satisfied, content, contented, happy, pleased, gratified, comfortable, serene, placid, untroubled, at ease, at peace” in me.
Blessed Christmas everyone.