Over the next few weeks, we will dive into the story of Jesus. We will begin with the prophecies foretold of a Savior and His miraculous birth, and then we will walk through His life, His death and His resurrection. We will finish by looking at Jesus in our lives today. Our prayer for you is that through studying these Scriptures, we will better understand the character of Jesus and what His time on earth means for us. We pray that you fall more in love with who He is during this Christmas season as we celebrate the birth of a Child who came to save us all.
“The family tree of Jesus Christ, David’s son, Abraham’s son:
2-6 Abraham had Isaac,
Isaac had Jacob,
Jacob had Judah and his brothers,
Judah had Perez and Zerah (the mother was Tamar),
Perez had Hezron,
Hezron had Aram,
Aram had Amminadab,
Amminadab had Nahshon,
Nahshon had Salmon,
Salmon had Boaz (his mother was Rahab),
Boaz had Obed (Ruth was the mother),
Obed had Jesse,
Jesse had David,
and David became king.
6-11 David had Solomon (Uriah’s wife was the mother),
Solomon had Rehoboam,
Rehoboam had Abijah,
Abijah had Asa,
Asa had Jehoshaphat,
Jehoshaphat had Joram,
Joram had Uzziah,
Uzziah had Jotham,
Jotham had Ahaz,
Ahaz had Hezekiah,
Hezekiah had Manasseh,
Manasseh had Amon,
Amon had Josiah,
Josiah had Jehoiachin and his brothers,
and then the people were taken into the Babylonian exile.
12-16 When the Babylonian exile ended,
Jeconiah had Shealtiel,
Shealtiel had Zerubbabel,
Zerubbabel had Abiud,
Abiud had Eliakim,
Eliakim had Azor,
Azor had Zadok,
Zadok had Achim,
Achim had Eliud,
Eliud had Eleazar,
Eleazar had Matthan,
Matthan had Jacob,
Jacob had Joseph, Mary’s husband,
the Mary who gave birth to Jesus,
the Jesus who was called Christ.
17 There were fourteen generations from Abraham to David,
another fourteen from David to the Babylonian exile,
and yet another fourteen from the Babylonian exile to Christ.”
[Matthew 1:1-17, the message]
I used to skip over this list of names; it just seemed like a bunch of people I didn’t know with names I couldn’t pronounce. But over time, as I wanted to know more of Jesus, I decided to actually read this a little slower and give God a chance to teach me something.
This genealogy is the list of the generations leading up to Jesus. It details his lineage with names maybe some of you recognize--Abraham, David, etc. Wouldn’t you think that the generational line of Jesus would be the most pure, faithful, righteous people? But the names on this list are a bunch of broken people who murdered, slept with prostitutes, ran from God and more. It’s intense and hard to believe honestly.
In the genealogy of Jesus are immoral, broken generations, and this is how God chose to reveal himself to the world. It wasn’t in a palace; it wasn’t in high standing or perfect people. He came in the midst of brokenness and corruption in order to show how deeply He can redeem what is wrong and make it right. God does not distance himself from sinful people; in fact, He gave Himself to a broken world to bring from it something beautiful and whole.
Jesus’ life gets to be the foundation of our faith. If you focus on Jesus, nothing will shake you. If you focus on Jesus, you are on the right track. Before Jesus was ever in the manger, He dreamed of the redemption of humanity. He anticipated the redemption of generations. He looked ahead to the people of God being restored back to God. Even in His own family line we get to see what He did for you. Today, I urge you to read this list a little slower and think about how personally God takes what is broken and fashions it into something beautifully redemptive.
God, thank You for seeing my brokenness and choosing me anyway. Thank You for choosing to come into this world in a way that is more relatable than I may even be comfortable admitting. Thank You for breaking every expectation of what it looks like for You to be the King, the Savior of the world. I just ask that in this season of Advent I get to know even more. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.