Jesus As The Son Of God

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Jesus as the Son of God
Jason Ly

The Gospel of Matthew was written with the intention of communicating certain Christian ideals and themes. The writer of the Gospel of Matthew places great emphasis on salvation and the promise the Kingdom of Heaven has to offer through the proper practice of Christianity under the teachings of Jesus. This, to the writer, is the ultimate goal of Christianity and the main point of the text – that there is indeed a promise to following the Christian teachings of Jesus. However, in substantiating the prospects behind following Christianity through teachings of Jesus, the writer had to establish Jesus’ authority and divine identity as the son of God; the Messiah. Through a series of parables and anecdotes, we are shown that Jesus must be the Messiah indicated by (1) his birth fulfilling the prophecy of the birth of the Messiah, (2) his recognition by John the Baptist and God, (3) his testament to God while being tried by Satan, and (4) his ability to perform miracles that defy the laws of nature. Even amidst skepticism and doubt by both the Pharisees and Sadducees, the writer successfully provides a convincing argument that Jesus is indeed the Messiah.
Like many biographies in antiquity, the writer of the Gospel of Matthew introduces the readers to Jesus starting with his birth and infancy. According to genealogy written in Matthew 1.2-6, Jesus is the 14th generation descendant from a lineage of patriarchal figures that had divine affiliation…
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