The Messiah's First Advent - Matthew 1:18-25
Matthew's whole Gospel is his proof that Jesus of Nazareth was and is the long-promised Messiah, the Saviour of God's people. He continues to build the evidence for this as he tells us the events leading up to the birth of the Lord Jesus. Before the Messiah even arrives he is turning people's lives upside down.
Heaven's Glorious City Centre - Revelation 22:1-5
Some of the best cities in the world have the best city centres - maybe beautiful architecture or a well-kept green space. Revelation has been giving us a guided tour of the city of New Jerusalem. Here we consider the glorious centre of Heaven, where the Lamb dwells with his people, and His glory fills the earth!
The Messiah's Family Tree - Matthew 1:1-17 (Series Intro, Reading & Sermon)
Matthew was a Jewish Christian who wrote his gospel to reassure others from his nation that Jesus of Nazareth really was and is the Son of David - the promised Messiah of the Old Testament. Beginning his gospel with a long list of names may seem a strange way to do that for us, but for his first readers this "family tree" is among the strongest proof Matthew could provide of Jesus' credentials as Messiah. A closer look at the names here reminds us that God Keeps His Promises, and that His Grace Finds All Kinds of People.