Matthew was a tax collector whose life was transformed and used by Jesus. The book of Matthew is the first book of the NT. The central message is “that it might be fulfilled.” Matthew speaks of Hebrew prophecies being fulfilled and refers to Jesus as the Messiah and King. Matthew mentions Jesus’ earthly ministry- what He spoke, miracles He performed, the crucifixion and resurrection, as well as the future plans for His church and kingdom. It must have been awesome to know Jesus as a human, to know such a pure person, and to witness such amazing miracles.