Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews?” (Matthew 2:1–2)
Matthew and Luke both give us a little different view of the events that happened at the birth of Jesus. Matthew does not tell us about the shepherds coming to visit Jesus in the stable as did Luke. His immediate focus is on foreigners coming from the east to worship Jesus.
So Matthew shows Jesus at the beginning and ending of his Gospel as the Messiah for all nations, not just for the Jewish nation.
Here the very first worshipers of the Messiah are court magicians or astrologers or wise men called magi in most translations. These men are not from Israel but from the East, maybe from Babylon. These men were Gentiles and were unclean..
And at the end of Matthew, the last words of Jesus are, “All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations.”
This didn’t just open the door for Gentiles to rejoice in the Messiah, but it added proof that He was the Messiah. One of the prophecies that was repeated many times was that the nations would come to Him as the ruler of the world. One example is Isaiah 60:3, “Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.”
Matthew adds proof to the messiahship of Jesus and shows that He is The Messiah, The King, and the Fulfillment of the Promise for all the nations. He is The Savior of the world.
It’s wonderful to look back in scripture and KNOW for certain that Jesus came to be the sin-bearer for all who will believe in Him.
A great thought for this beautiful Sunday.
Shalom, until next time, Lord willing,
PS. I will not be able to respond to any comments until maybe late tonight, if then. I’m travelling to New York today. I hope to have some great photos to share sometime this week.