Jesus is the Christ, who has come to fulfill the law and the prophets. Through his living out the commandment and his compassion for others, he builds his church, which is the means by which his commission given to his disciples is accomplished. The church is foundational to the work of Jesus, of which he serves as head, it serves as a manifestation of the gospel proclaimed about Christ, the good news, and the extension and expansion of the church is a way Christians make disciples of all nations, with the promise that Jesus will build his church and he will be with them.
Five Key Themes of Matthew
- Christ (Matt. 1:1:17): Christ is the fulfillment of the promises given to Abraham and David.
- Compassion (Matt. 9:35-38): Christ’s ministry and mission are grounded in compassion, in prayer, and it is carried out by his laborers.
- Church (Matt. 16:18; cf. 18:17): Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God, he builds his church, and the gates of hell will not prevail against it.
- Commandment (Matt. 22:37-39): The two greatest commandments are to love God with all your heart, soul, and mind, and to love your neighbor as yourself.
- Commission (Matt. 28:18-20): With the promise of the Lord’s presence, Christians make disciples of all nations, the fulfillment and extension of the promise given to Abraham, making Christ the one in and through whom the nations will be blessed.