And so, my readers, we come to the beginning of my series on the synoptic Christ, called more officially The Jesus According to — [insert Matthew, Mark, or Luke here]. I found about 25 things more or less which point ad divinitatem Christi Iesu in the first twelve chapters of Matthew. We’ll jump right in and I’ll provide commentary as necessary (which won’t be too often, as per my previous post). Incipiamus!
1) Matt 1:23 tells us that Jesus will be called Emmanuel, which means “God with us”
2) In Matt 3:3, our friend John the Baptist quotes Isaiah who said, “Prepare the way of the Lord”. The “Lord” to Whom John refers is Jesus, and the Jews of that time probably thought of that verse as referring to God.
3) Jesus is far greater than John the Baptist (Matt 3:11)
4) He (Jesus) will baptize with the Holy Spirit, the very Power of God
5) He will send evildoers into unquenchable fire (Matt 3:12). Only God can pronounce whether someone goes to Hell.
6) He is God’s “beloved Son” (Matt 3:17), which means He is above everyone else.
7) He quotes Deut. 6:16 (“Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God”) to Satan, in reference to Himself (Matt 4:7).
8) He resists every temptation the devil gives
9) He miraculously heals countless people (Matt 4:23-25)
10) In Matt 5:16 we see the first of many instances where He distinguishes His relationship with God from ours by saying, “My Father” or “your Father”. Notice He never says collectively “our Father” except when telling humans how to address God.
11) His words will never pass away [note, this actually came from Matt 24:35. I read the passage in Ch. 5 incorrectly].
12) In Matt 5:22, 28, 32, 34, 39, and 44, He changes the common interpretation of Scripture. That means He has authority over the Scriptures themselves. He could only have authority over them if He were their Author.
13) The dead who did not attain salvation will call Him, “Lord, Lord” and He will pronounce the eternal judgement of their souls (Matt 7:21-23).
14) A leper adores Him without rebuke. Adoration is given to God only (Matt 8:2).
15) The centurion is unworthy of His presence, and Jesus commends him for recognizing this (Matt 8:8, 10).
16) He casts out evil spirits (Matt 8:16).
17) He commands the weather and it obeys (Matt 8:26) and rebukes His disciples for their lack of trust in Him (8:25).
18) Devils call Him the Son of God (Matt 8:29). Sons are like their fathers, The son of a man is a man, the son of a lion is a lion, and in that same line of thought, the Son of God must Himself be God.
19) He forgives sins (Matt 9:2). Only God forgives sins, and the scribes recognize this (9:3), inwardly accusing Him of blasphemy, and He knows their thoughts (9:4). Only God can read minds.
20) A woman is cured by merely touching His clothing (Matt 9:20-22).
21) He will come at an unknown future time (Matt 10:23).
22) He will confess or deny believers before His Father (Matt 10:32-33).
23) Unless we love Jesus above anyone else, we are not worthy of Him (Matt 10:37). Notice He does not only demand to be loved above all, but He says we are not worthy of Him. Not just His teaching, but His very self.
24) If we receive Christ we receive the Father (Matt 10:40).
25) The Father has given Jesus all things; Jesus knows the Father in the exact same way the Father knows Jesus – infinitely! (Matt 11:27).
26) He has authority over Sabbath laws (Matt 12:8).
It is my hope that once we have gone through the rest of Matthew and the other two synoptic gospels, you’ll never be able to doubt Christ’s divinity ever again when reading the Bible.
And His blessings to you!