Matthew is the author, a Jewish tax collector who became one of Jesus disciples. This book forms the connecting link between the Old Testament and New Testament with its emphasis on the fulfilment of prophecy.
Matthew was once despised as a tax collector, but his life was changed by Jesus and wrote this Gospel to his fellow Jews to prove that Jesus is the Messiah (Anointed One, Our Saviour) and to explain God’s Kingdom.
Jesus was formally presented to the nation of Israel, but rejected. The Jews waited for a leader who had been promised centuries before and would rescue them from their Roman oppressors and establish a new kingdom. However, the Jews overlooked prophecies, which also spoke of this King who would be rejected and killed.
How could this humble man from Nazareth be their King? But Jesus was and is King of all the earth! Jesus Christ cannot be compared with any person or power. Jesus demonstrated his power even over death through his resurrection, and gained access for us into his kingdom. He is the supreme ruler of time and eternity, heaven and earth, men and angels.
It is worth everything we have to recognise him and to give ourselves to him, because he came to be our Messiah, our Saviour. Jesus teachings show us how to prepare for life in his kingdom by living properly right now. His life is the perfect example of his teachings, as our lives as Christians should be.