Matthew’s Gospel is probably the best known and the most quoted of all the books that have ever been written about Jesus. That is one reason why Matthew was placed first among the four Gospels.
Matthew wanted to give the people of his time a record of Jesus’s message and ministry. He had a special interest in showing how the coming of Jesus fulfilled the expectations of the Jewish people in the Old Testament for a Messiah. Matthew showed his Jewish readers that faith in Jesus was quite natural for any Jew, as Jesus’ life and teaching came from deep Jewish roots.
Matthew paints a striking picture of Jesus as the great teacher, telling the people, with charisma and authority, the real meaning of the Old Testament law. One of the most famous passages in all the Gospels comes in chapters 5 to 7, where Jesus gives “the Sermon on the Mount” in Galilee. This includes Jesus’s great sayings, such as…
Matthew ends his story with the inspiring words of Jesus to his followers, about what they should do once he has left them…
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The Gospels – Matthew, Mark, Luke and John – are the first four books of the New Testament. All of them tell the story of Jesus’s life, and like four witnesses to an event, they each have a different angle on what happened, and what it all means.
You can read and print out complete copies of all of the four Gospels. The Bible version is the Contemporary English Version (CEV). Used with permission from Bible Society. Full copies of the CEV Bible can be ordered by clicking here.
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