The theme of Matthew’s Gosel is Jesus and what it means to follow him as his disciple and serve him, our King. But the scope of his Gospel is quite amazing: in his opening verse, Matthew takes us all the way back to Abraham, and in his closing verse, he takes us all the way forward to the close of the present age. Matthew offers us a view of life and of the world that is grounded in God’s plan and purpose, focused in the coming of Jesus and worked out in the ongoing work of the church. The first book in our New Testament has a fitting place in the center of the bible, linking the two parts together.
Iain D. Campbell is pastor of Back Free Church of Scotland on the Isle of Lewis. He trained for the ministry at the University of Glasgow and at the Free Church College, Edinburgh. His Ph.D. is from the University of Edinburgh. He contributes regularly to several theological journals. His wife, Anne, is a teacher, and they have three children. He is author of The Gospel According to Ruth, Opening Up Exodus and On the First Day of the Week: God, the Christian and the Sabbath.