How to Perceive Matthew’s Portrait of Jesus

The chapel community I serve at in Korea, Agape, has begun a message series on the book of Matthew. We titled it, The King’s Highway, because as we studied Matthew’s Gospel we saw over and over again how Jesus invites us to journey thru life on a different path. It’s a path marked by repentance, worship, faith, and obedience. And the destination leads to life, joy, and the presence of the King.

Over the next few blog posts, I want to unpack the early portion of Matthew’s gospel and explain how the apostle, under the influence of the Holy Spirit, makes the case that Israel’s Promised King, the Messiah has arrived. In early June, I preached a message on this topic at Agape. You can view it here (message portion starts at 29 minutes 30 seconds).

Thinking about Christ as King, I’m reminded of the beautiful Passion song, “Crown Him” featuring Chris Tomlin and Kari Jobe. The lyrics are powerful too. You can purchase the song on Amazon for $1.29.

“Crown Him (Majesty)”
(with Kari Jobe)

Crown Him with many crowns
The Lamb upon His throne
Hark! How the heavenly anthem drowns
All music but its own;
Awake my soul and sing
Of Him who died for me
And hail Him as thy matchless King
Through all eternity.

Majesty, Lord of all
Let every throne before Him fall
The King of kings, O come adore
Our God who reigns forever – more.

[Verse 2:]
Crown Him Lord of life
Who triumphed o’er the grave
And rose victorious in the strife
For those He came to save;
His glories now we sing
Who died and rose on high
Who died eternal life to bring
And lives that death may die.

All hail, Redeemer, hail
For He has died for me
His praise and glory shall not fail
Throughout eternity.

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