When Jesus came to Earth, his first goal was to carry the good news of the kingdom to the Jewish people. After years of serving other Kings, being held captive in other lands, and being enslaved by the Roman Government, you would think that the Jewish people would be extremely joyous to hear that the Messiah had arrived. A few were glad to hear the news and accepted Christ for what he was. Some, knowing who He was, left everything they had behind to serve and follow him. However, others chose not to believe Christ; they chose to hear but not accept the kingdom that Jesus was offering. But Christ had an alternative mission, taking the news of his kingdom to a different people group that would accept him and build his church for his glory. For generations, Israel had been held captive in strange lands, forced to serve other kings, and served as slaves to the dignitaries that controlled their lands. Israel’s only hope during these times was that the Messiah was coming. They believed that he would come to Earth and destroy the government that had control of their lives. They were looking and praying for a political leader to deliver them and establish a kingdom here on Earth. But the kingdom that Jesus offered differed from what they expected. Jesus preached many great messages throughout his brief ministry here on Earth; messages with great meaning and context that left Jewish church leaders in awe of his doctrine. But the thrust of most of early messages came down to this phrase, “Repent ye: the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.” In this phrase, Jesus is offering the Jewish people a kingdom, but not the type that they wanted. It wasn’t a kingdom where Jesus would take complete control of the government and chase the Romans out with clubs and pitchforks. They were looking for the Messiah to be a King, but Jesus came to be their/our sacrifice. Jesus came to this earth as a sacrifice. Isaiah says in chapter fifty-three verses three through five: “He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.”(Isaiah 53:3-5,KJV). Jesus came first as sacrifice, but what Israel was looking for was a King. Jesus begins his ministry in Matthew 4:12, after John the Baptist had been “cast into prison.” He left Nazareth into Galilee preaching “Repent for the Kingdom of heaven is at hand.” As he was walking in Galilee, he gathered his disciples and continued the three parts of his ministry: “Preach the Gospel of the kingdom, teaching in the synagogues, and healing the sick and diseased (Matthew 4:23).” Stanley Toussaint in his Behold the King: A Study of Matthew, he says “This ministry is described by three words- teaching, preaching and healing. Although his work is located in Galilee of the Gentiles, the ministry of the King is limited to Jews.” This statement can be proven by the fact that Jesus taught in synagogues, he preached Jewish messages, and healed only Jewish people at this point. But regardless of who his target audience was, Jesus’ fame grew throughout Syria, another Gentile land. Before, Jesus was only trying to reach the Jewish people but now he heals both Jewish and Gentile people. In Matthew 4:24, the Bible states, “And his fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought unto him all sick people that were taken…
The Chinese Government defends itself by saying that the groups that protest are terrorists and that they must crack down on them to maintain stability. Amnesty International has concerns about the violation of Human Rights.
Made by Matthew Amer…
Interpretive Paper #3: Matthew 5:43-48
Matthew is the first book in the New Testament, written by Matthew himself in Israel. It is one of three synoptic gospels, and was written with the Gospel of Mark as a guide. He wrote this book to the followers of Jesus and with a Jewish audience in mind. It is to this Roman-ruled nation of Jews that Matthew was really trying to reach and address in his Gospel. Ironically Matthew was a Jew himself, but not only a Jew, a tax collector as well. It all…
Themes and Characteristics in Matthew’s Gospel
Important Scholars/ Bible quotes
Matthew seems rather fond of arranging his material in numerical patterns. Some think that Matthew arranged the main teachings of Jesus into five discourses, or blocks, to correspond to the five books of Moses.
In the genealogy which begins Matthew’s gospel (1:1- 17) there are fourteen generations corresponding to the number of King David’s name – in Hebrew each letter has…
21, September 2014
Who Am I?
Who Am I? In my eyes and the people around me they see a young man who can do just about anything. My personal quality, talent, accomplishment, and contribution are that I’m a person who won’t give up or give in to anything that I don’t want to. My personal qualities are, I’m an honest, kind, loving, self-confident and ambitious. My talents are an impeccable gift from god I can accomplish anything if mind is in the right…
With the legislation of suicide in Switzerland, is there a case for allowing assisted suicide in Wales?
By Matthew Davies
An introduction into the term ’Euthanasia’
The word “Euthanasia” is a broad term used for mercy killing and is derived from the Greek word “Eu”; meaning “well” or “good” and “Thanatos”; meaning death. A mercy killing may be taking the life of an individual due to terminal illness, causing suffering and a poor quality of life, comparable to the way in which we make the…
Kim: Native Foreignness
Book by Rudyard Kipling
Review by Matthew Sergent
Matthew R. Sergent
SIS 100: Section .02
17 October 2013
The novel, Kim¸ written by Rudyard Kipling, is about a down trodden white orphan, turned spectacular spy. The story begins in Lahore, a city in the Punjab region of the Indian Subcontinent. Kim embodies the concept of deception and truth throughout his journey in India. Kimball O’Hara, as his full name states, was born to an Irish Soldier…
What happened to Matthew Shepard on October 6th, 1998 was a horrific tragedy. He was beaten, terrorized, and murdered all because of his sexual orientation. When news of this story broke, America when into a media frenzy. Every news station in the country covered this story. The amount of media attention this story got compared to other, similar cases is incomparable. This might have to do with the fact that this was no regular crime, this was a…
Before Matthew was called by Christ Matthew would have had two names in Hebrew, one of his Hebrew names was thought to be Levi. The name Matthew was taken as a Christian name after he was called by Jesus. Matthew in Hebrew is Mattija, which can translate to “gift of Iaveh” or “gift of Yahweh” which equates to Theodore. Post-Biblical name was shortened to Mattia which is also a Hebrew translation. It was later translated into Greek, Mathaios then understood to be Matthew. He was mostly Aramaic and…
T TR 2:30
From Foes to Friends
There was once a lonely child that lived alone at his house in the middle of the wilderness of Tennessee. His name was Jonathan Stuart, he was 15 years old, and he had no friends. He spent his days alone in his room wishing for something to happen to bring excitement of any kind to his life. His parents showed him no mind, and he relied on books to occupy him constantly. But one day, fate proved to have other plans in store for Jonathan…
EXP 105 Final Assignments.
Learning Threw The Eyes of Matthew Heim
Learning? You have been doing that your entire life right? Or at least now that you are reading this to yourself you are thinking back on life and hoping that learning is what you have been doing this entire time you have been on this planet. So could there really be a right or wrong way to learn? Or is it just if you gain a little piece of knowledge from it, it is learning because you gained something? The real…