The Teachings and Birth of Christ

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Christian Lapsey, Writer

The Gospel of Matthew 

When you think about it the Gospel is about a true hero in a love story, and this hero’s name is Jesus Christ. A man sent by his Father to save the world. In Matthews 1 it explains the genealogy behind Jesus, the true Messiah. Then we find out how he was born Matthew tells us ¨His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 1 18)¨ at this moment we are told that she was not impregnated by man but by the Father himself. Then Mary’s husband David saw an Angel of the Lord who sent them out of Judah to Egypt because a man named Herod was after the child to kill him so they left. Then when Harrod found out he was outwitted, he killed all of the 2-year-olds which was about the age of the young Messiah. Later on, Herod died and the Angel came back to David telling him to go back to Israel and they settled in Nazareth fulfilling the prophet of the messiah being Nazarene

We are introduced to John, the Baptist preaching the one to come next by ¨Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him. (Matthew 3 3)¨John then goes on baptizing many people telling them all about the one to come. He later preaches to the Pharisees and Sadducees saying that they are fake and only use religion for power. The next time we see John he is meeting Jesus for Jesus was to be baptized. John did not like it though he felt as though he was unworthy enough to do such an amazing thing. Once Jesus had baptized the heavens opened and God descended on Jesus and spoke by saying ¨This is my Son, whom I love; with him, I am well Pleased. (Matthew 3 17)¨ After this Jesus is tempted many times and personally targeted by the devil telling him to go against God’s words. From that point on Jesus began preaching repentance and choosing his disciples. The first two disciples Jesus chose were at the time two fishermen than 2 other fishermen by the names of John and James.

Jesus continued on his Journey teaching in synagogues telling them that they will be forgiven of their sins soon all they have to do is repent when Jesus started to cure diseases of any kind, even healing paralysis and anything else. These events can be proven by many sources not only by using the Bible but history books as people who witnessed this wrote about the miracles He performed. Later Jesus went on top of a rock and began to preach to crowds who followed him by saying “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the week, for they will inherit the earth.  Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for, in the same way, they persecuted the prophets who were before you. (Matthew 5 3-12)¨ This is the first time Jesus really points out the idea that you should really love everyone instead of only your friends because God sees all as blessed and he loves all so why should we. Jesus then refers to us as the Light of the World and how we are called to share God’s love for he can destroy any barrier and break any wall the devil has trapped you in so why not share that? Then Jesus tells us about the sins on how yes murder is bad but if you even say a mean thing to another it is a sin and you should ask for forgiveness and settle those debts on earth before it is too late. Then he talks about Adultery and how whoever looks at someone in a lustful way has committed adultery and how if you marry and then divorce for anything but sexual immorality has committed adultery. He then again tells us that if someone hits you turn the other cheek and how ¨ If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. 42 Give to the one who asks you and does not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you. (Matthew 5 41-42)¨ Throughout His time preaching he strongly points out how we should be there for other love thy neighbor and don’t give up on them in fact love all and thought that you will become perfect like the Father. Jesus then instructs us the best way to pray to tell us not to pray in front of people to be noticed. Go to your room, close your door and pray and do not babble. It will not make a difference because the Father who loves you already knows what you need before you Pray. He then gives us an example of prayer.

¨Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. 

Your kingdom comes, you will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread, 

And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil..(Matthew 5 9-13)¨”

After he gives us this prayer, he stresses again how ¨if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. (Matthew 5 14-15)¨ Then Jesus points out a very good point that you can not serve to master you cannot serve both God and money or God and the world. Then Jesus continues to make a point of how we shouldn’t worry about anything because if God will feel the birds a clothe the grass he will help take care of you after all you’re worth way more than a bird or grass. Do not let anxiety or depression get in your way for God can take all that way you just have to have faith in the Father above for He loves all and will protect all. ¨ But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matthew 6 33-34)”

Sourced from NIV Bible