Jesus, Messiah

Who is Jesus? Matthew was trying to answer that very question when he wrote the gospel of Matthew back in the first century. Who Jesus is remains an important question here in the 21st century. Who you understand Jesus to be is a huge question.

I have often found the analogy of looking through a telescope vs. a microscope very helpful. When I look at an item through a microscope, I am looking at something very small (like a cell), trying to make it bigger so that I can see it. When I look at something through a telescope, I am looking at something very large (like a star), trying to bring it closer to me so that I can comprehend it better.

God is unfathomably huge, and we need the telescope of the Bible to bring him closer to our view. We need help understanding God better, particularly through Jesus, the Messiah. My prayer is that, through this study of Matthew 1-2, Jesus will come into better view for you. I pray that the greatness and majesty and condescension of God’s Son will overwhelm you with joy and delight this Christmas, as you grow to know him better and love him more.

Thanking God for his indescribable gift,


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December 24

Thursday, December 24 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us). Matthew 1:22-23 As we reflect over Matthew 1-2 today, on the day before we celebrate the birth [...]

December 23

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December 22

Tuesday, December 22 Then Herod, when he saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, became furious, and he sent and killed all the male children in Bethlehem and in all that region who were two years old or under, according to the time that he had ascertained from the wise men. Then [...]

December 21

Monday, December 21 Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you, for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.” And he rose [...]

December 20

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December 19

Saturday, December 19 And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. Matthew 2:11 If you read yesterday’s devotional, you will remember that we learned of the unbelieving Wise Men expressing [...]

December 18

Friday, December 18 When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. Matthew 2:10 In Ecclesiastes Solomon wrote I commend joy… (8:15). If you have ever read Ecclesiastes that might surprise you. I believe from the Bible that joy is known and treasured and valued most by those who have also known and [...]

December 17

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December 16

Wednesday, December 16 They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet: ‘And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.’” Matthew 2:5-6 God had a [...]

December 15

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