M A T T H E W.
At the start of this chapter, concerning the
baptism of John, begins the gospel (Mark
i. 1); what went before is but preface or introduction;
this is "the beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ." And Peter
observes the same date, Acts i.
22, beginning from the baptism of John, for then Christ
began first to appear in him, and then to appear to him, and by him
to the world. Here is, I. The glorious rising of the
morning-star—John the Baptist, ver.
1. 1. The doctrine he preached, ver. 2. 2. The fulfilling of the scripture in
him, ver. 3. 3. His manner of
life, ver. 4. 4. The resort
of multitudes to him, and their submission to his baptism,
ver. 5, 6. 5. His sermon
that he preached to the Pharisees and Sadducees, wherein he
endeavours to bring them to repentance (ver. 7-10), and so to bring them to Christ,
ver. 11, 12. II. The more
glorious shining forth of the Sun of righteousness, immediately
after: where we have, 1. The honour done by him to the baptism of
John, ver. 13-15. 2. The
honour done to him by the descent of the Spirit upon him, and a
voice from heaven, ver. 16,