Is Jesus the Messiah, Lord, and a Teacher worth following? What references and credentials can establish Jesus as Immanuel? Join us as we continue our Advent series, “Portraits of Jesus.” This week we’ll be looking at the portrait of Jesus the Teacher in the Gospel of Matthew. Listen as Paul Kiss unpacks Matthew 5:1; 7:24-29 as we learn that Jesus, the Teacher, is God with us. Kingdom living means embracing his teaching as a way of life.
Matthew’s Portrait Of Jesus
Speaker: Paul Kiss
Date: December 15, 2019
1 │ Jesus the Teacher
Text: Matthew 1:18-25
● Jesus is the new Joshua; a reminder that “the Lord saves.”
● Immanuel = God is with us.
The entire story is built around this theme.
2 │ The Teacher’s Credentials
Text: Matthew 1-4
3 │ The Teacher’s Teaching
Text: Matthew 5-7; 10; 13; 18; 23-25
● 5 Sections of teaching that the rest of the book is built around.
5-7 = 107 Verses
10 = 38 Verses
13 = 50 Verses
18 = 33 Verses
23-25 = 94 Verses
4 │ The Teacher’s Work
Text: Matthew 16:21-28; 17:22-23; 20:17-19
● 3 times Jesus predicts his death and resurrection.
5 │ The Teacher’s Followers
Text: Matthew 28:16-20
● We are his followers. To follow him is to embrace his teaching as a way of life.
● Remember, “I am with you always.”
1. Who has been the best teacher you’ve ever had. Why were they a great teacher?
2. Matthew talks about Scripture being fulfilled five times in the first four chapters. (1:22; 2:15; 2:17; 2:23; 4:14). How do these references to the prophet 60s, from the Hebrew Bible, help establish the credentials of Jesus as the Messiah, as Lord, as a Teacher to follow? Why was that important for Matthew’s first readers? How is it still important for us today?
Discussing and Learning:
3. Read Matthew 4:23; 9:35; 11:1; 13:54; 21:23; 22:33; 28:20. What strategy does Jesus seem to employ in his ministry, according to Matthew? What is the common element?
4. Read Matthew 7:21-29. What is Jesus saying to his followers? Verses 28-29 tell us that the crowds were amazed. At what were they amazed? Look back through chapters 5-7, and briefly scan over some of the things that Jesus taught. What stands out to you?
5. Read Matthew 13:53-58. Matthew tells us that Jesus also taught in Nazareth but he wasn’t well received. However, those crowds were also amazed in this story. How does it differ from the passage in 7:21-29, though? This time, (13:54), about what were the crowds amazed? How does Jesus respond to their lack of belief?
Making it Real:
6. The people in Nazareth were very familiar with Jesus and they had difficulty accepting his teaching. How does familiarity with Jesus today sometimes make it difficult to follow him? (Remember what Mark teaches. “We see what we want to see”).
7. As you consider the teachings of Jesus, particularly in Ch 5-7 and 13, where are you struggling to follow his teaching? What is preventing you from accepting and living out his teaching?
8. We often think of Jesus as Savior, or Lord. How does your view of him change to also think of him as our Teacher?
1. Read through Matthew’s gospel this week, a little each day. Take note of what stands out to you. Write down questions that arise. Try to research the answers.
2. Watch the following video about Matthew from The Bible Project: watch here