What did Jesus do?
I believe most Christ-followers get the concept that to follow Jesus is to do what he did.
We see Jesus pray. Sop we pray.
We see Jesus care for the outcast. So w go to the shelters and prisons to help out.
We see Jesus share the gospel, we follow suit.
I would like to tweak the question, “What did Jesus do?” to “What did Jesus emphasize?” In order to answer this question, I decided to take an audit of the ministry of Jesus in the book of Matthew. I figured since Matthew spent most of his life auditing people, I would turn the table and audit his work.
I set the limits of this audit to chapters four through twenty which is Matthew’s depiction of the ministry of Jesus. From chapter twenty-one on, Jesus is in Jerusalem on Passion Week. I spent five days this week looking over these seventeen chapters counting sections, verses and words. I categorized them and I sorted them by frequency.
And yes, I made a few pie charts to visualize what I found.
I have never looked at the gospels this way, but I thought I would audit Matthew’s selection of stories to see what he felt needed to be emphasized as he wrote the story of Jesus. I believe my findings may surprise some of you.