Jesus performs the first of a cycle of miracles, healings, and deliverances, demonstrating his authority and increasing the fame of his ministry. He touches a leper, heals a centurion’s servant, heals Peter’s mother-in-law, calms the storm, and casts out demons into pigs.
Jesus teaches his disciples concerning judgment, the Golden Rule, and warns them about hypocrisy and false teachers in the concluding part of the Sermon on the Mount.
Jesus presents the form of religious practice that should characterize his disciples.
Jesus teaches concerning the fulfilment of the Law in the Sermon on the Mount.
At the beginning of the first great sermon of Matthew’s gospel, Jesus identifies the blessed of the kingdom of heaven, presenting himself as the one bringing the good news foretold by Isaiah the prophet.
Jesus is tempted in the wilderness and calls his first disciples.
John the Baptist’s ministry provides the setting for the manifestation of Jesus.
Matthew continues his apologetic for Jesus as the Messiah, exploring themes of kingship, Exodus, exile, and prophetic expectation.
In my new series on the Gospel according to Matthew, I discuss Matthew 1—Jesus’s genealogy and birth.