Although Mark likely has the distinction of writing the first of the four gospels, the gospel according to Matthew comes first in our New Testament. Because Matthew's is the most Jewish of all four gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John), it's appropriate to find it as the first book of the New Testament; it's also the gospel most closely linked to the Old Testament's text, cultures, and practices; and it highlights the prophecies made regarding the coming of the Messiah.
Matthew’s central theme is promise and fulfillment: God’s promises in the Hebrew Scriptures to bring salvation to his people, Israel, and to the whole world are being fulfilled with the coming of Jesus the Messiah.
Matthew uses many titles for Jesus in his Gospel, including Messiah, King, Lord, Son of God, Son of Man, Son of David, Immanuel, etc. All of these have their roots in the Old Testament and point in one way or another to the theme of fulfillment and the coming of the kingdom of heaven.
Thanks to The Bible Project, we can see and appreciate the mysterious promised deliverer whom Matthew revealed. He, the Messiah, would one day come to confront evil and rescue humanity.
The Visual Bible: Matthew is a 1993 film portraying the life of Jesus, as found in Matthew's gospel. His complete gospel is presented word for word, based on the New International Version (NIV) of the Bible. Directed by South African filmmaker Regardt van den Bergh, this movie stars veteran actor Richard Kiley in the role of Matthew (who also narrates the movie), Bruce Marchiano as Jesus, and Gerrit Schoonhoven as Peter. Marchiano portrays Jesus as a joyous, earthy, personal man with a sense of humor.
In addition to this movie, you can watch a series of special "Matthew's Gospel" videos on "The Beatitudes," "Jesus' Sermon on the Mount" (from the JESUS Film Project), "Matthew Videos by Chapter," and "Jesus' Forty-Plus Parables."
"The Genealogy and Birth of Jesus" and "The Visit of the Magi"
Video clip #1, focusing on Matthew 1:1 through 2:11; click to open.
1:1 This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah the son of David, the son of Abraham: 2Abraham was the father of Isaac, Isaac the father of Jacob, Jacob the father of Judah, . . .
1:16 . . . and Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, and Mary was the mother of Jesus who is called the Messiah.
"The Escape to Egypt" and "John the Baptizer Prepares the Way"
Video clip #2, focusing on Matthew 2:12 through 4:3
3:3b . . . This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah:
“A voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.’”
3:16–17 As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. 17And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”
"The Temptation of Jesus in the Wilderness" and "The Beatitudes"
Video clip #3, focusing on Matthew 4:4 through 5:18
• See Warren's summary of the Parable of a Lamp on a Stand (5:14–16), including a video from the JESUS Film Project
4:19 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.”
5:8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.”
"Murder," "Adultery," "An Eye for an Eye," and "Prayer"
Video clip #4, focusing on Matthew 5:19 through 6:23
6:9 “This, then, is how you should pray: “‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, . . .’”
6:19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.”
"Do Not Worry," "Ask, Seek, Knock," and "The Narrow and Wide Gates"
Video clip #5, focusing on Matthew 6:23 through 8:3
• Warren's summary of the Parable of the Narrow Door (or Gate) (7:13–14), including a two-minute video
• Also read his summary of the Parable of the Wise and Foolish Builders (7:24–27), including an animated video clip
7:21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.”
7:26 “But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.”
"The Faith of the Centurion, " and "Jesus Calms the Storm"
Video clip #6, focusing on Matthew 8:4 through 9:5
8:26 He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid? Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.”
"Jesus Heals a Paralytic," "The Calling of Matthew," "The Workers Are Few"
Video clip #7, focusing on Matthew 9:6 through 9:38
• See Warren's summary of the Parable of Questions Asked About Fasting (9:14–17).
9:6b–7 So he said to the paralyzed man, “Get up, take your mat and go home.” 7Then the man got up and went home.
9:37–38 So he said to the paralyzed man, “Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. 38Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”
"Jesus Sends Out the Twelve," including "Bearing Your Cross" — See Warren's devotional slideshow titled "Carrying Your Cross."
Video clip #8, focusing on Matthew 10:1 through 11:12
• Warren's summary of the Parable of the People of This Generation (11:13–24).
10:16 “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.”
10:42 “And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward.”
"Jesus and John the Baptist" and "Jesus Is Lord of the Sabbath"
Video clip #9, focusing on Matthew 11:12 through 12:22
• See Warren's summary of the Parable of the People of This Generation (11:13–24).
11:28–30 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
12:8 “For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.”
"Jesus and Beezelbul (the Prince of Demons)" and "The Parable of the Sower"
Video clip #10, focusing on Matthew 12:22 through 13:15
• Warren's summary of the Parable of the Strongman (12:29), including a video clip
• Also see Warren's summary of the Parable of the Sower, Seed, and Soil (13:1–23), including a video from the JESUS Film Project
12:33 “Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit.”
13:3 That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake. 2Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore. 3Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. . .”
"Parables: The Weeds, Mustard Seed, Yeast, Hidden Treasure, Pearl, and Net"
Video clip #11, focusing on Matthew 13:15 through 14:13
• Warren's parable summaries: Parable of the Weeds (or Wheat and Tares) (13:24–43), including a video
13:45–46 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. 46When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.”
"John the Baptist Beheaded," "Jesus Feeds Five Thousand, Walks on Water"
Video clip #12, focusing on Matthew 14:13 through 14:36
14:20–21 They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. 21The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.
14:25–27 Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 26When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. 27But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
"The Faith of a Canaanite Woman" and "Jesus Feeds the Four Thousand"
Video clip #13, focusing on Matthew 15:1 through 15:37
• Warren's summary of the Parable of the Blind, Leading the Blind (15:13–14)
15:15 Peter said, “Explain the parable to us.”
15:28 Then Jesus said to her, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed at that moment.
"Peter Declares That Jesus Is the Messiah" and "The Transfiguration"
Video clip #14, focusing on Matthew 15:37 through 17:12
16:9 “Do you still not understand? Don’t you remember the five loaves for the five thousand, and how many basketfuls you gathered?”
16:15–17 “But what about you?” he asked.“Who do you say I am?”
17Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven.”
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Matthew 15:1–15:37, starring Richard Kiley as Matthew, Bruce Marchiano as Jesus, and Gerrit Schoonhoven as Peter.
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Now those who had been scattered by the persecution that broke out when Stephen was killed traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus and Antioch, spreading the word only among Jews.
— Acts 11:19