The Way Opened Up by Jesus:

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The Way Opened Up by Jesus:

The Way Opened Up by Jesus:

A Commentary on the Gospel of Matthew

Jesus never intended to found a Church made up of adherents to a religion, but to call together followers of the Way that he was opening up. Christian communities can only live up to that vision by keeping the real life person of Jesus and his message, the reign of God, at the center of their life. 

The four gospels, written in different historical and cultural contexts, give us different perspectives on that person and that message. This Biblical commentary explores Matthews perspective, using the Matthean passages. Each passage is examined, both in the context that shaped Matthews telling of the story, and in the context of todays Christian communities. Matthews perspective shows Jesus transforming the expectations of the People of Israel. He is the fulfillment of God's ancient promises to them; he is God's new presence with them after the destruction of the Temple; he is the Prophet of a new Law, proclaimed from a new Mount Sinai; and he is the Messiah who calls together the new Israel, which Matthew calls the Church. He is also the Teacher of Life, whose surprising, and disconcerting, sermons and parables offer the new spiritual energy that todays churches need in order to be transformed from adherents into followers.

9781934996287
Paperback / 264 pages
Dimensions: 7.2 x 5.2
CONVIVIUM, 2012

Keywords:
biblical, Christian Life
Categories:
Faith