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I felt a very positive impression of who Jesus was after finishing the Book of Matthew I had a new image of someone who was a down-to-earth caring individual I did not find quotes of Jesus that claimed being superior to the common man of whom sinners could not look upon a view that most people had of their Gods for centuries before Matthew 1249-50 Jesus announces to multitudes that they are his mother and brothers In that way he puts himself at an equal level to the people rather than claiming to be a God above them This reflects the whole attitude of the book Chapters 6-7 of Matthew quote Jesus as he is presenting rules to live by to the multitudes To me all of these sounded like hints to leading a happy life for yourself Jesus reflects a God that does not expect virgins or animals to be sacrificed in His name but a God that is pleased by followers that love not only God but each other also These seem like simple logical rules to live by But they reflected a time in history where that kind of love for one another was hard to find because of the hardships inflicted upon the people I find some conflict in Jesus actions however Jesus never as far as I know says to ignore to commandments of God in the Hebrew Scriptures however constantly breaks the Sabbath Matt 1213 and others and gives VERY flimsy and unconvincing explanations for it I am not sure what his message was in those actions Perhaps he didnt care In general Matthew was a good entertaining story to read with a very dramatic ending and great character development a little sarcastic humor here I was very surprised to find much of the Book of Mark a repeat of what was written in Matthew but with a little less detail and a few stories omitted Jesus goes a
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