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The Main Events in the Book of Matthew

Updated on October 2, 2010

He is Risen Indeed!

The Gospel of Matthew

The Gospel of Matthew is the first entry of the Christian New Testament found in the Christian scriptures called the Bible. The Bible is divided into two sections the Old Testament which is about the history of ancient Israel and the New Testament which is a history of the early days of Christianity including the life and ministry of Jesus of Nazareth.

The word "gospel" means "good news" and as such the Gospel of Matthew was written to tell the good news about Jesus. The Gospel of Matthew is one of four short biographies about the life and ministry of Jesus. The alleged author was Matthew (aka Levi) who was one of the 12 chosen disciples of Jesus. Matthew's main readers were fellow Jews and consequently Matthew links Jesus' actions with prophesies from the Old Testament. Matthew's aim was to prove to fellow Jews that Jesus was the promised Messiah - the promised Savior identified by Jewish prophets throughout ancient Isreal's history.

The Events in the Life of Jesus from the Gospel of Matthew

Matthew 1

Genealogy of Jesus from Abraham to David to Joseph his earthly father. Jesus is conceived in the virgin girl Mary who was engaged to a man named Joseph. Joseph considers quietly divorcing Mary. An angel appears to Joseph in a dream to tell him that the baby to be born would be the Messiah and convinced him to stay married to Mary.

Matthew 2

Jesus is born in Bethlehem, a small town in the province of Judea near Jerusalem; Three magi from the east travel from afar to meet the baby Jesus and bring him three special gifts. King Herod orders the murder of every Israelite boy age two and under. Jesus' parents are warned by an angel and take Jesus to Egypt. After Herod's death, Jesus' parents take him back to Israel (Palestine) and they settle in Nazareth, a small town in the province of Galilee.

Matthew 3

John the Baptist prepares the way of the Messiah Jesus by preaching and baptizing for repentance. John the Baptist baptizes Jesus. During his baptism, God the Father commissions Jesus and anoints Jesus with the Holy Spirit.

Matthew 4

Jesus is tempted in the wilderness. Jesus begins his ministry and moves from Nazareth to Capernaum. Jesus calls his first disciples including Simon Peter, Andrew, James, and John. Jesus heals the sick.

Matthew 5

Jesus preaches the Sermon on the Mount including the Beatitudes; salt and light; challenges conventional teachings on murder, adultery, oaths, divorce, revenge, and love of enemies.

Matthew 6

Sermon on the Mount continued; Jesus teaches on giving, prayer, fasting, storing treasure in heaven, and not worrying about basic needs like food and drink, clothing, and shelter.

Matthew 7

Sermon on the Mount continued; Jesus teaches about judging others faults; not forcing morality on others; prayer and asking God the Father for needs; the Golden Rule; the roads to heaven and hell; good and bad trees; warns about not all confessing Christians going to heaven; and building on the firm foundation of Jesus' words.

Matthew 8

Jesus heals a leper. Jesus heals the servant of a Roman centurion. Jesus heals Peter's mother-in-law. Jesus spells out the cost for following him. Jesus calms the storm. Jesus drives demons out of two demon-possessed men.

Matthew 9

Jesus forgives the sins of a paralytic. Some teachers of the law accuse Jesus of blaspheme. Jesus healed the paralytic. Jesus calls Matthew the tax-collector. Jesus is asked about fasting and teaches that old wineskins (people with old ideas) cannot receive new wine (new ideas). Jesus heals a woman of long-term bleeding. Jesus raises up a girl from the dead. Jesus heals two blind men and a mute. Jesus asks the disciples to pray for more workers to bring salvation to the souls of men.

Matthew 10

Jesus calls the twelve and sends them out to minister in the towns of Israelites. Jesus admonishes his disciples not to be afraid when asked to stand before officials in defense of the good news. Jesus warns his disciples that God the Father will only acknowledge those who acknowledge him. Jesus calls his disciples to take up their cross and follow him daily.

Matthew 11

John the Baptist who was put in prison sends disciples to make sure that Jesus is the Messiah. Jesus compares John the Baptist to Elijah. Jesus pronounces woes on unrepentant cities. Jesus calls all who are over burdened and weary to place their burdens on him and trust in him for "his yoke is easy and his burden is light."

Matthew 12

Jesus' disciples are rebuked for picking grain on the Sabbath (lawful day of rest); Jesus claimed to be Lord of the Sabbath. Jesus heals many and Matthew compares him to the promised Messiah. Jesus healed a demon-possessed man and the religious rulers claim Jesus is of the devil. Jesus proclaims the only unforgivable sin is to reject the Holy Spirit. Jesus rebukes the Jewish religious rulers for asking him to give them a sign and tells them of his future death and resurrection. Jesus' mother and brothers come to take Jesus home and he tells the crowds that his mother and brothers are those who do the will of God.

Matthew 13

Jesus tells the Parable of the Sower; Jesus explains why he spoke in parables; Jesus explained the Parable of the Sower; Jesus tells the parable of the wheat and tares; Jesus tells the parable of the mustard seed and the parable of the yeast; Jesus explains the parable of the wheat and tares; Jesus tells the parables of the hidden treasure and the pearl of great price; Jesus tells the parable of the fishing net; Jesus is rejected in his hometown of Nazareth.

Matthew 14

John the Baptist is beheaded by Herod; Jesus feeds the five thousand; Jesus walks on water; Jesus heals the sick at Gennesaret.

Matthew 15

Jesus is confronted by the religious rulers about unclean practices of his disciples, Jesus rebuts the Pharisees for putting tradition above God's commands, and teaches about difference between being clean on the inside and outside. Jesus praises the faith of the Syro-Phoenician women and heals her daughter; Jesus heals many others; Jesus feeds 4000.

Matthew 16

Jesus warns his disciples about following the corrupted teachings of the religious rulers. Jesus asks his disciples who others say he is and Peter declares Jesus is the Messiah; Jesus tells the disciples about his upcoming death and resurrection; Jesus rebukes Peter for being a mouthpiece for Satan. Jesus explains the cost of discipleship.

Matthew 17

Jesus takes Peter, James, and John up a mountain where he meets Elijah and Moses and is transfigured. Jesus heals a boy prone to seizures. Jesus predicts his death a second time. Jesus instructs Peter to pay the temple tax.

Matthew 18

Jesus declares those who believe like a child to be the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven. Jesus tells the parable of the lost sheep. Jesus instructs the disciples on how to restore a brother who is caught sinning. Jesus instructs Peter about forgiveness and tells the parable of the unforgiving slave.

Matthew 19

Jewish religious officials ask Jesus about marriage and divorce. Jesus blesses children. A rich young ruler asks Jesus about the requirements for eternal life, Jesus tells him to give everything to the poor and follow him. Jesus instructs about the difficulty rich people have fentering heaven. Jesus explains the reward for giving up everything to follow him.

Matthew 20

Jesus tells the parable of the workers in the vinyard; Jesus predicts his own death; Apostles James and John and their mother ask for Jesus for favorable seats in heaven; Jesus heals two blindmen.

Matthew 21

Jesus enters Jerusalem on a donkey; the crowd in Jerusalem gives a king's welcome to Jesus; Jesus enters the temple area and drives out merchants and money changers; Jesus heals the lame and the blind who come to him; Jesus curses a fig tree and it withers; Disciples display awe at seeing the fig tree wither, Jesus teaches them about faith; Jewish religious leaders question Jesus' authority to do what he was doing; Jesus tells a parable about two sons; Jesus tells another parable about ungrateful tenants in a vineyard who beat the owners servants and son.

Matthew 22

Jesus tells a parable about a wedding banquet; Jewish religious leaders try to trap Jesus, Jesus answers questions about paying taxes to the Roman empire; menbers of the Jewish Sadducee sect try to trap Jesus with a question about life after death; Jesus answers a question about the greatest commnadment; Jesus asks members of the Jewish Pharisee sect a question about the promised Messiah.

Matthew 23

Jesus announces seven criticisms against the Jewish religious leaders.

Matthew 24

Jesus answers questions from his disciples about the signs of the end times before and after Jesus' second coming; Jesus tells his disciples that day and time of his second coming was unknown and that the important thing is to be ready and alert at all times.

Matthew 25

Jesus tells a parable about ten virgins; Jesus tells a parable about stewardship of entrusted resources; Jesus tells the parable of sheep and goats - a parable about the judgment at the end of the world.

Matthew 26

The Jewish religious rulers plot to arrest Jesus; Jesus anointed with oil by Mary of Bethany; Judas Iscariot agrees to betray Jesus; Jesus celebrates the last supper (Jewish Passover) with his disciples; Jesus predicts his top disciple Simon Peter will deny knowing Jesus three times; Jesus takes his disciples to the Garden of Gethsemene and prays for the Father to take away the coming trial, Jesus prays the Father's will be done; Jesus arrested in the garden of Gethsemene; Jesus placed on trial before the Jewish ruling council called the Sanhedrin; Peter denied knowing Jesus three times.

Matthew 27

Judas Iscariot hangs himself; Jesus questioned by the Roman governor Pontius Pilate; Pilate tries to free Jesus but the Jewish crowd calls for Jesus to be crucified; Roman soldiers mock Jesus; Jesus is crucified; Jesus dies; Jesus is buried in the tomb of Joseph of Arimethea. The Jewish leaders ask Pilate to place a guard around Jesus' burial place.

Matthew 28

Some of Jesus' female followers go to Jesus' tomb and find it empty; a couple angels tell the women that Jesus resurrected from the dead; Roman guard report the empty tomb to the Jewish religious rulers; Jesus appears to his disciples and commissions his disciples to go make disciples in every nation.


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      joseph 2 months ago

      i am also looking for the main events in the gospel of luke

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      ????? 17 months ago

      thank you! this helped sooo much

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      serenityjmiller 22 months ago

      wow! I love this article

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      Serenity Miller 2 years ago from Brookings, SD

      Nice overview. Thanks for contributing!

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      BY: WATERSTAR 4 years ago

      FROM: WATERSTAR , Like everything in this world that we human seems to enjoy that brings a bright hope in Looking to achive and receive Like fridays, Payday, 5 minutes to 4 pm when its time to leave work and go home,The main event Like the Super Bowl, the STANLEY CUP the GREY CUP Fight night at MADISON SQUARE GARDEN The Gospel of MATTHEW CHAPTER -24 and 25 tells of a MAIN EVENT, in chapter 24 tells of a Bright Future For those Who Have Accepted JESUS as their LORD and MASTER because this Main Event Tells of The Coming of JESUS CHRIST to pick Up His true Belivers Dead or Alive and take them To a beautiful Place Call Heaven To Go Live With Him Forever and this main event Could Happen at anytime now it is very Close TO Heaven SHOWTIME Please try Not to Missed HEAVEN SHOWTIME with JESUS, because it will be the VERY BEST SHOW in The Vniverse for one thing there will be no night there and the City will be full of LIGHT and a FEASTIVE JOYFUL HAPPY time With no PAIN And No Death ,Let US ALL COME And Get Ready Fast and Make ourself Acceptable With a Clean Hands and Clean Pure Hearts By Accepting JESUS AS our SAVIOR and LORD and do what HE ask us to do starting From ACTS Chapter 2 verse 37 an 38 read it for yourself because you dont want to missed JESUS Second Coming in Matthew Chapter25 it Tell us of who realy got themselves READY and was Prepare for Their Master MAIN EVENT it tells of the ones who was ready and was able to ENTER into THE BEAUTIFUL MARRIGE FEAST with Their LOVING MASTER and get to ENJOY THAT BLESSED FEAST of ALL GOOD THINGS, it also Tells of those who ignore the Master and was not READY they did not Prepare themselves to MEET and RECEIVE their LORD and they COULD NOT ENTER INTO That BLESSED FEAST and was Cast away From HIS PRESENCE, Matthew tells of the Truth With Vivid Reality because he Saw the True LIGHT OF The World FACE TO FACE and cause him not to dought but BECOME A TRUE BELIVER of JESUS CHRIST Hurry Hurry Hurry find a True BIBLE BELIVING SPIRIT ALIVE CHURCH and GO and GET yourself READY FOR JESUS SOON COMING THE MAIN EVENT HEAVEN SHOWTIME, Love Everyone For perfect Love Fullfill GOD LAW and LOVE NEVER FAILS so go and get lots of LOVE go see JESUS for GOD HIS LOVE and HE love you o so very much HE wants You to get ready and Come See HIS SHOWTIME. BY WATERSTAR:

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      ecoggins 7 years ago from Corona, California

      James - Thank you. I appreciate the positive feedback.

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      Thank you for this excellent exposition on the Gospel of Matthew. Well done!

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      ecoggins 7 years ago from Corona, California

      To apostle jack, ladybird33, and Dave Mathews, thank you all for your encouraging comments. May the Lord Bless each of you in every good thing according to his abundant riches in heaven.

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      Dave Mathews 7 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      Tahnk you for sharing the chronology of "MATTHEW". I helps to know the true progressing.

      Brother Dave.

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      Ladybird33 7 years ago from Fabulous USA

      I learned something new and I believe in the bible with everything in my body...thank you for the recap. Always important! My best to you.

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      Apostle Jack 7 years ago from Atlanta Ga

      My first love is the Bible.