Who\'s The Real Jesus?

Sunday (1/22), gather with your church family as we continue our new series in the gospel according to Matthew (2:1-23). It is the first of four gospels that chronicle the birth, life, ministry, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

The author, Matthew, was a tax collector based in Capernaum, located on the sea of Galilee. After his encounter with Jesus, he hosted a dinner party for all his friends to meet the man who had changed his life.

Matthew desired everyone he knew to know Jesus Christ personally. And that dinner may have inspired him to write a gospel account explaining who Jesus is so that everyone could learn of the One who fulfilled the prophecies regarding the coming Messiah, the Savior of Israel. And by doing so, he, under the influence and direction of the Holy Spirit, provided an accurate account of Jesus’ ministry and the purpose of His coming.

Matthew’s gospel account was vital for his friends and the church, who would be birthed shortly after the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. Because unfortunately, there had been and continued to be plenty of men who claimed to be the promised Messiah, the Savior of Israel, in his day. Later, when Jesus, in His teaching of the “Last Days,” warned the disciples, “Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many” (Mt 24:4-5).

As you read through the narrative of Matthew 2:1-23, there are several things you should note. First, observe how many Old Testament prophecies are fulfilled in the early life of Jesus. Then, ask yourself the odds that any person could fulfill each prophecy to the smallest detail. If one part of the prophecy was missed or not fulfilled, he is not the promised Messiah.

Second, observe and take note of the different characters Matthew introduces (Herod the Great, The wise men, the chief priests, the scribes, the multitude living in Jerusalem, and Jesus’ parents, Joseph and Mary). As you read, think about their reactions regarding the birth of the “King of the Jews.” By doing so, you equip yourself to explain and defend that the Jesus of the Bible is the only begotten Son of God, He and no one else and that a person placing one’s faith in Him will be saved from the penalty of sin, the power of sin and one day from the presence of sin.

I look forward to our time together. Please pray for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the entire Calvary Chapel family.

There are several opportunities for worship. On-campus (10:00 am), drive-in church (92.1fm), and online (Facebook, YouTube:  Calvary Inverness); (website: calvaryinv.com

In His Strong Love,

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