Christmas From Matthew, Pt. 1

The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.  Abraham begat Isaac; and Isaac begat Jacob; and Jacob begat Judas and his brethren; And Judas begat Phares and Zara of Thamar; and Phares begat Esrom; and Esrom begat Aram; And Aram begat Aminadab; and Aminadab begat Naasson; and Naasson begat Salmon; And Salmon begat Booz of Rachab; and Booz begat Obed of Ruth; and Obed begat Jesse;

Matthew 1:1-5

For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

Luke 19:10

Usually, around Christmas, I do a series of posts from the Christmas story in Luke.  This year, I thought we would look at the same story from the book of Matthew.

The book of Matthew and the entire New Testament begins with the genealogy of the Lord Jesus Christ.  We would expect this line of Jesus Christ to contain the greatest men in history.  We would expect to find kings, warriors, and wise men in this line of the King.  There are some great men in this line, but it is important to see who else made it into the line of the Lord Jesus Christ.

We have Thamar, with whom Judah (her father in law) committed incest.  We have Rachab (also known as Rahab “the harlot”).  We have David, the adulterer and murderer.  The list goes on and on.  We find liars, cheaters, harlots, adulterers, murderers, etc.  How did these people get into the line of the King?

I think that the answer in found in Luke 19:10, “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.”  Jesus came into the world to save sinners.  The people in His genealogy are just that – people.  They are people just like you and I are people.  They are sinners in need of a Saviour.  Just like we are sinners in need of a Saviour.  And that is what He came to do – to be our Saviour!

 

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