This is a series in the gospel of Matthew. This teaching and narrative focuses in on the identity of Jesus as the expected Messianic King. Jesus inaugurates the time of God’s kingly rule. Matthew records for us Christ's proclamation of the kingdom, His teaching on kingdom living, and the mission that kingdom living, under Christ's kingly rule, accomplishes.
Interestingly, ‘fulfilled’ is one of Matthew’s characteristic verbs. As Eugene Peterson points out, “the story of Jesus doesn’t begin with Jesus. God had been at work for a long time”. Our hope is that in our Centenary year Matthew’s Gospel may help deepen our understanding and worship of Jesus. May Matthew’s testimony make us want to submit to and live under God’s kingly rule and so enjoy the blessing of life in His Kingdom.