NT Challenge: Matthew 1-4

Today we read from Matthew 1-4 . Take a minute to read through the passage, noticing a few things.

First, the first two chapters show us who Jesus is as a person, giving us a record of his ancestors (including some people who are a little sketchy, like Rahab and Ruth) and showing us how Joseph takes us as his own.

Second, the last two chapters show us that while Jesus is definitely a person, He is also God. Or, at least, He belongs to God in a very special way. John the Baptist and the temptation in the desert both show this. But, the specialness of Jesus does not rule out His human side: it simply enhances His humanity.

How has God enhanced your humanity? What kind of temptations have you overcome by relying on God and God’s grace?


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