The Gospel book of Matthew opens the New Testament because of four reasons as noted in The New Oxford Annotated Bible (NRSV). The first is its deep roots in Jewish scripture that shows how the prophecies and hopes of the former are ‘fulfilled’ in the person of Jesus the Christ. Its arrangement of the stories, miracles, and teachings of Jesus around five sermons made it an excellent teaching resource for new Christians was the second reason. The third was because of Matthew’s comprehensive biographical shape, such as the inclusion of Jesus’ birth and resurrection narratives, it is a beloved gospel. Finally, it opens the New Testament because of the traditional attributions to one of Jesus’ disciples, Matthew as the author. A story narrative to lead, as the Gospel writes, all to hear the Good News of Jesus Christ, the Messiah.
28“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
My Lord and My God, may we accept the rest found in you and hear anew your words to your disciples to be servant leaders. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, Amen.