What kind of King has arrived.
As I have begun this process of slowly reading through the book of Matthew, I have been struck by two major aspects of Jesus: the type of king he would be and the type of kingdom he was welcoming.
Even in these first few chapters, we are already beginning to see what kind of Savior Jesus would be. Jesus is born with a target on him. In the opening pages of Matthew, Jesus’ family is forced to flee to Egypt to escape the wrath of a jealous king who, without remorse, had ordered the deaths of hundreds of innocent children (Matthew 2:16). N.T. Wright says it this way: “before the Prince of Peace had learned to walk and talk, he was a homeless refugee with a price on his head.”
It is sobering to remember that our King was born into a poor, persecuted family in a part of the world that was filled with violence, terror, and darkness. Years later, Jesus would stand in front of a crowd and declare that it was this very type of person who belonged in his kingdom: the poor in spirit, those who mourn, the persecuted, and those desperate for justice (Matthew 5:3-12). Jesus is a king who identifies with oppression, suffering, and pain. A King who began his life as a refugee.
A new King and a new kingdom have arrived.
If you are interested in diving deeper into the book of Matthew, I would recommend reading Matthew for Everyone by N.T. Wright. This engaging, readable commentary is a great resource designed for those who want to deepen their personal study of the Bible.
-Andrew Brownback, Adult Ministries Pastor