Much has been said about why Jesus died. This book focuses on why Jesus lived.

God with Us: Encountering Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew shows that Jesus didn’t just come to be our teacher, a miracle work or prophet, or even just Israel’s savior and redeemer. Jesus is Emmanuel, God with us.

Notable Scripture scholar Edward Sri leads readers on a faithful exploration of Jesus’s kingdom-building mission and how it revealed God presence, which remains with us today.

Helpful discussion questions are provided for personal and group study.

This newly expanded edition of the study originally titled The Mystery of the Kingdom: On the Gospel of Matthew is an outstanding introduction to the first gospel.


Dr. Edward Sri is a theologian, international speaker, and author of several best-selling books, including A Biblical Walk Through the Mass, and Walking With Mary. He is the presenter of several faith formation programs used around the world and the host of the podcast All Things Catholic. He is a co-founder with Curtis Martin of FOCUS where he serves as Vice President of Formation. Connect with him at and through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


“Edward Sri has moved us beyond the typical modern limitations in reading Matthew. Read this book attentively, then, and you’ll come to a deeper love of the people and the religion of Israel, the people and the religion of our Messiah and King.”—Scott Hahn, Bestselling Author of The First Society

“Through this dynamic Bible Study, Sri shows us why his courses are overflowing with excited students—he makes the Scriptures come alive.”—Curtis A. Martin, President, FOCUS

“Edward Sri has uncovered and clearly presented the Old Testament background needed to flesh out our understanding of Matthew’s Gospel. The result is a better understanding of Jesus’ life and mission—and ours.”—Stacy Mitch, Author of the Courageous Women Bible Study series

“You won’t find a better guide than Ted Sri to take you by the hand and walk you through the Gospel of Matthew. A trained scholar who writes like a popular novelist, Sri explains the Jewish background and Old Testament context that makes Matthew come alive!”—John Bersgma, Author of Bible Basics for Catholics

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