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Commentaries for Matthew Chapter 3

Preparation for Public Ministry

Matthew's introduction to Jesus' public ministry does not end with the stories of Jesus' childhood...
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Warnings of a Wilderness Prophet

Just as God revealed his purposes in advance to his prophets in ancient Israel (Amos 3:7; compare Is 41:22-29; 42:9; 43:9, 19; 44:7-8, 24-26; 45:21; 46:10; 48:6), God sent John the Baptist to prepare Israel for his climactic revelation in history...
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God Honors His Humble Son

Given the embarrassment of some early Christian traditions that Jesus accepted baptism from one of lower status than himself, it is now inconceivable that early Christians made up the story of John baptizing Jesus (E...
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