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  • Writer's pictureJan Weihl

Jesus is the true Messiah (Matthew 1-2)

The gospels are beautifully simple and wonderfully complex. You might think if you've read one, you can skip the other three. But if that were true, why were all four written? Each was written to a different audience by a different author with a different purpose.

Matthew was a Jew, writing to Jews to prove Jesus is the long awaited Messiah. He starts with a genealogy to show Jesus is both a descendant of King David and of Abraham, just as the Old Testament said of the coming Messiah. He continues through the rest of his gospel, examining Jesus' birth, life, ministry, and death, proving in great detail why Jesus is, without a doubt, the prophesied Messiah.

In Matthew 2, we see "magi from the east" come to worship Jesus, the King of the Jews. Tradition shows 3 magi (wise men) at the manger along with shepherds. But when we actually examine the gospel, we see the shepherds arrived at the manger after Jesus was born. Then the magi arrived much later, after Joseph and Mary were in a house.

But the real question we should ask from this text is how did the magi from the east know that Jesus, the king of the Jews, had been born in human flesh and where He would be born, when the Jewish leaders didn't have a clue?

First, these wise men, likely Chaldeans from the land of Babylon, probably studied the Scriptures. If they studied Daniel's writings, they could have calculated that the Messiah had to come in their lifetime.

Daniel 9:25 So you are to know and discern that from the issuing of a decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until Messiah the Prince there will be 7 weeks and 62 weeks;

Second, because they were seeking God and desiring to worship Him, God revealed to them approximately where and when to find the Messiah:

Matthew 2:2 Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him.

So if these magi from the east were able to understand it was time for God to come to His people in human flesh, why did the Jewish leaders not see this?

Jeremiah 29:13 You will seek Me and find Me when you seek me with all your heart.

The Jewish leaders were looking for someone to fix the political mess they were in, not save them from their sins and restore their relationship with God. Their relationship with God was not even on their radar. If it were, they would have been leading people to Jesus, not trying to line their pockets and keep people away from Him.

So then I have to ask the question, what about me and my relationship with God? Is it something I think about on Sunday but forget about on Monday? As we approach the Christmas season, am I keeping my relationship with Jesus, the Messiah, Immanuel, God with us, front and center every day rather than getting distracted with the busyness of the season and all the things on my to do list?

Dear Lord, It seems like our world today hasn't changed much since Jesus' time. Our leaders are still focused on lining their own pockets rather than leading people to the One who will save us eternally. But as we examine the gospels, let us remember that the "it's all about me" mindset is not how we are to behave today. As Christians, our life is to be focused on You and leading people to You, the true Messiah, Immanuel, God with us. In Jesus' name, amen.

Jan Weihl

Living Word Ministries

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