Jesus as Fulfillment of Messianic Hopes

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So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.” Matthew 1:22-23 NKJV

Matthew’s Gospel presents Jesus as the fulfillment of all messianic hopes and expectations and reveals His place as Lord of the New Testament church:

• Fulfillment of Old Testament Prophecy: Matthew carefully structures his narratives to reveal Jesus as fulfilling specific prophecies. Therefore, he saturates his Gospel with quotations from and allusions to the Old Testament, introducing many of them with the words, “that it might be fulfilled.”

• Son of Man: In Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus often refers to Himself as the Son of Man, a veiled reference to His messiahship (see Dan. 7:13, 14). Not only did the term allow Jesus to avoid common misunderstandings stemming from more popular messianic titles, it also enabled Him to interpret both His redemptive mission (as in Matt. 17:12, 22; 20:28; 26:24) and His return in glory (as in 13:41; 16:27; 19:28; 24:30, 44; 26:64).

• Son of God: Matthew’s designation of Jesus as the “Son” clearly underscores Jesus’ deity (see 1:23; 2:15; 3:17; 16:16). As the Son, Jesus has a direct and unmediated relationship with the Father (see 11:27).

• Lord of the Church: Matthew presents Jesus as Lord and Teacher of the church, the new community, which is called to live out the new ethic of the kingdom of heaven. Jesus declares the church as His select instrument for fulfilling God’s purposes on earth (see 16:18; 18:18–20).

• Christ’s Living Presence: Matthew’s Gospel may have served as a teaching manual for the early church, including the amazing, world-oriented Great Commission (see 28:18–20), with its guarantee of Jesus’ living presence.

 

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