In Lent this year we are invited to read through the whole of Matthew’s Gospel. It is the story of Jesus’ life written specifically with Jews in mind, often quoting Old Testament scriptures that point to the coming of the Messiah. During Lent our daily readings, which begin in Matthew 1 on Friday this week, will be a little longer than usual but the comments are briefer.
The readings for today and tomorrow form a brief introduction to the series.
Matthew begins his story by taking us back to show that Jesus was a true-born Jew, descended from Abraham, the Father of the Nation. It was important for Jews to know Jesus’ ancestry. Luke’s story in Luke 3 takes Jesus’ ancestry back to Adam – not only was Jesus a Jew but he was also fully and completely human. John goes back further still in John 1:14 to Jesus’ place as the divine and eternal Son of God made flesh and living among us. This is the mystery of the Incarnation, God lived among us in the person of Jesus.