The Gospel of Matthew is all about the King. The King of the Jews, the King who came to die to save His subjects, the King who is coming again to establish His Millennial kingdom, the King of Kings. That King is Jesus Christ. Matthew focuses on both the first and second coming of Christ, with the assurance that in both cases, indeed the King is coming!
Matthew, the tax collector turned disciple, writes to Jewish believers and unbelievers alike. For the believers, he emphasizes the legitimacy of Jesus as the long-awaited Jewish Messiah. For the unbelievers, he portrays the One who is the Savior of all people everywhere. His arguments are cogent, his style is vibrant, and his portrayal of Christ is magnificent.
Charles Spurgeon said it best when he proclaimed. “Come just as you are, all guilty, empty, meritless and fall before the great King. And see if He will cast you away. Jesus is ready to pardon you… never tolerate low thoughts of Him. You may study, look and meditate, but Jesus is a greater Savior than you think. Him to be, even when your thoughts are at their highest.”
Throughout Matthew’s gospel, he draws our attention to the One who is the rightful King of Israel. Jesus is portrayed as being born a King, living and dying as a King and coming again as the ultimate King of Kings. As you read this gospel and study this commentary, you will be challenged to become His disciple and follow Him wherever He leads you.