• One with His People

    Matthew 3:13–17

    In His baptism, our Lord confirmed His willingness to identify with the plight of His people, a willingness first displayed when He became incarnate (see also Heb. 2:14–18). We who live under the new covenant experience the awesome ...Read More

  • With Spirit and Fire

    Matthew 3:11–12

    The purifying work of the Holy Spirit commences in the believer when he first turns to Christ. Sometimes the Spirit works on us in the fire of adversity, through which the Lord promises to take us for His good purposes ...Read More

  • The Fruit of Repentance

    Matthew 3:7–10

    One of the more neglected tools that can help us grow in our holiness is the confession of sins one to another (James 5:16). It can be difficult to admit to other people that we have sinned, but loving ...Read More

  • John’s Message and Baptism

    Matthew 3:5-6

    We will talk about the kingdom and its coming over the course of our study this year. For now, note that God’s kingdom did not come with military force, as was popularly expected, but in the life, death, and ...Read More

  • John Cries in the Wilderness

    Matthew 3:1–3

    John the Baptist was the primary herald of Christ in his day, but the task of bearing witness to the Savior was not laid solely upon him. Jesus Himself commissioned first the apostles, and secondly, the entire church to testify ...Read More

  • The Move to Nazareth

    Matthew 2:19–2

    Understanding how Jesus fulfills the Old Testament means that we have to look at more than just isolated verses and proof-texts. As Matthew 2:23 indicates, the apostles teach that Jesus fulfills the broad themes, ideas, and stories found throughout ...Read More

  • The End of Exile

    Matthew 2:16–18

    Herod is one example of all those who have tried to destroy the Christ and His people. Though this evil king did much harm, he was in the end unable to thwart the plans of the Father for His Son ...Read More

  • True Israel

    Matthew 2:13–15

    Our sovereign Lord has ordered history to accomplish His purposes and bring His plan for His people to pass. Even when His people failed, the Father sent Jesus so that He might live out the design God has for them ...Read More

  • Three Gifts for the King

    Matthew 2:11–12

    If our Lord at times seems “crazy” or “foolish” to the world because of His life and message (Mark 3:20–21), we can expect the world to feel the same about us when we are true to Him. Unfortunately ...Read More

  • The Wise Men Rejoice

    Matthew 2:7–10

    The Father will ensure that His Son will be glorified despite all obstacles (John 12:23). Mary has been forced to give birth to the Messiah in a less than ideal setting (Luke 2:7). Herod, who lives under the ...Read More

  • Visitors from the East

    Matthew 2:1–6

    The wise men are likely from Babylon and have had to take a long and arduous journey to find Jesus. Matthew Henry draws this application from this event: “Those who truly desire to know Christ, and find him, will not ...Read More

  • Immanuel

    Matthew 1:22–25

    The fulfillment of prophecy in Jesus can only be understood if we first understand the meaning and application of the prophetic word for its original audience. In this case, Jesus fulfills or “fills up” the word of Isaiah because He ...Read More

  • An Angel Visits Joseph

    Matthew 1:18–21

    In mercy, Joseph did not call for the Law’s harshest penalties on the wife he thought unfaithful (Deut. 22:13–21). Depending on the offense and its circumstances, while the church is always called to discipline, it is not ...Read More

  • Fourteen Generations

    Matthew 1:12–17

    We are not yet certain why Matthew’s genealogy differs from Luke’s, but this ought not cause confusion. Scripture has been proven trustworthy time and again, and differences such as these cannot be contradictions (Heb. 6:18). Thus, our ...Read More

  • From Abraham to Exile

    Matthew 1:2–11

    Not every ancestor of Jesus trusted in the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Still, the Lord’s grace overcame what could be called “impossible” odds in working through the sinful sons of David to bring about our salvation. This ...Read More