The man of St Matthew


Chapter 3: Overview

Matthew in chapter 3 now joins the Gospel story as told by Mark in his first chapter. We now hear about the ministry of John the Baptist and this is followed by the baptism of Jesus. For all the Gospels, including the three which have prologues, the story proper opens with the appearance of John the Baptist (see Acts 1,21-22).

We can begin by comparing Matthew with Mark and seeing where this opening scene ends.

Chapter 3 easily divides into two for our reading because the second part opens with the arrival of Jesus from Galilee (3,13).
The first part (3,1-12) therefore describes the ministry of John the Baptist.
The baptism of Jesus then follows (3,13-17).

As with the other Gospels, this will be followed by the testing of Jesus but we will read this as part of chapter 4 (4,1-11).

We can now move straight on to reading about the ministry of John the Baptist, Mt 3,1-12.