Richard B. Gardner invites readers to explore the dramatic story of Jesus which Matthew tells. He connects that story to the first-century world of its author and early readers. The commentary then shows how Matthew has shaped the church and still speaks to the life of the Christian community. Much of this presentation of Matthew was developed and tested in Christian education settings. The book helps readers wrestle with Jesus' gospel and mission, starting small, but for all nations. This highly readable series of commentaries is for all who seek to understand the original message of the Scripture and its meaning for today.