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Matthew 2.13-23_ A Flurry of Fulfillments

In our last two passages, there has been one specific messianic fulfillment in view. In our passage today, Matthew unleashes no less than three fulfillment statements … a flurry of fulfillments – something like the flurry of the grand finale of a fireworks show. As Matthew closes out his introduction to Jesus’ early life, he goes all out to show us that Jesus is the expected Messiah.

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Matthew 2.1-12 Lessons from Unlikely Worshippers

In our text this morning, we have the gospel record of the magi’s visit to Jesus in Bethlehem. It is, on the one hand, strange that in a gospel so concerned to explain Jesus to Jewish readers that Matthew highlights the worship of gentiles - and really, the kind of gentiles that pious Jews would least trust. On the other hand, God often works in ways that his people do not expect …in our text this morning Matthew demonstrates that the magi - the outsiders - were the only ones who were properly responding to Immanuel God with us.

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Matthew 1.18-25_Immanuel God With Us

The conception of Jesus was a miracle in the truest sense. There were of course certain aspects of the birth that relied on the natural processes that God designed - no doubt Mary delivered baby Jesus after the normal fashion - but the birth of Christ would not have come about with divine intervention - a miracle in the proper sense. And as we will see, it was a miracle that requires not just the acknowledgment of skeptics, but a response to the reality of it.

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Matthew 1.1-17_Our Family Tree

Matthew’s gospel tells the story of Jesus in such a way that the nation of Israel might recognize that Jesus fulfills all of their hopes and expectations. The genealogy at the head of Matthew’s gospel provides a glowing pedigree to anyone who might be asking, but it also makes clear that Jesus is the rightful heir to the throne of David. Matthew aims to show his readers that Jesus is the central figure in God’s redemption: He is the fulfillment of God’s promises to Abraham and David, and he is the fulfillment of humanities hope and expectations. This is, in some sense, our family tree; for, as the Apostle Paul argues in Galatians three, we are the spiritual children of Abraham.

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Ruth 4:1-22_Mr. So and So

In Ruth chapter four, we will reach the happy resolution of Naomi and Ruth's personal struggles, but we will see that in the end, the resolution is a small but significant part of God’s greater providence in salvation history.

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