JOHN 1:1 ~ "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God."
JOHN 1:14 ~ "And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth."
Do you remember waiting as a child with excitement and hope for something to happen? Maybe you were waiting to begin your first day of school, get your first bicycle, celebrate your thirteenth birthday, or open presents on Christmas day. That feeling of longing is the same emotion the Jewish people experienced as they hoped for their Messiah ( the Anointed One from God ) to come.
Remember Matthew, the tax collector? He was one of the twelve disciples of the Lord Jesus, who was also among the hopeful, patiently waiting for God's chosen one to appear. As a public tax collector, Matthew was anything but popular among the people in his community. In fact, he was ostracized. Though Matthew had few friends, Jesus saw something unique in Matthew and chose him to be one of His followers. From that day forward, Matthew left everything behind, including his profitable job, and devoted himself to Jesus wholeheartedly.
Matthew's Gospel introduces Jesus as the King or the Messiah his followers had grown to love and the long-awaited answer to the hope in every jewish heart. Jesus fulfilled the Old Testament prophecies, and Matthew lays out the evidence, presenting the Good News of faith, hope, and love. Matthew also recorded Jesus' family genealogy, baptism, messages, and miracles to point to one outcome: the wait was over, the Messiah had come!