Right from the start Matthew is trying to show that Jesus is the One the Jews have been waiting for. He wants them to understand that Jesus is the long-awaited Messiah.
If we look carefully at the details of Matthew’s record of the genealogy of Jesus one thing is abundantly clear—Grace is on display!
What is grace?
We have all probably heard this powerful explanation—
The reasonable question is how does the genealogy reveal that Jesus’ birth filled with God’s grace?
“The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, and Judah the father of Perez and Zerah by Tamar, and Perez the father of Hezron, and Hezron the father of Ram, and Ram the father of Amminadab, and Amminadab the father of Nahshon, and Nahshon the father of Salmon, and Salmon the father of Boaz by Rahab, and Boaz the father of Obed by Ruth, and Obed the father of Jesse, and Jesse the father of David the king. And David was the father of Solomon by the wife of Uriah, and Solomon the father of Rehoboam, and Rehoboam the father of Abijah, and Abijah the father of Asaph, and Asaph the father of Jehoshaphat, and Jehoshaphat the father of Joram, and Joram the father of Uzziah, and Uzziah the father of Jotham, and Jotham the father of Ahaz, and Ahaz the father of Hezekiah, and Hezekiah the father of Manasseh, and Manasseh the father of Amos, and Amos the father of Josiah, and Josiah the father of Jechoniah and his brothers, at the time of the deportation to Babylon. “And after the deportation to Babylon: Jechoniah was the father of Shealtiel, and Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel, and Zerubbabel the father of Abiud, and Abiud the father of Eliakim, and Eliakim the father of Azor, and Azor the father of Zadok, and Zadok the father of Achim, and Achim the father of Eliud, and Eliud the father of Eleazar, and Eleazar the father of Matthan, and Matthan the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born, who is called Christ. So all the generations from Abraham to David were fourteen generations, and from David to the deportation to Babylon fourteen generations, and from the deportation to Babylon to the Christ fourteen generations.”
1. The Genealogy reveals the birth of Jesus was always the plan of God!
The story of Christmas Grace began long before Jesus’ was born on the first Christmas.
2 Timothy 1:8-10
“Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share in suffering for the gospel by the power of God, who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began, and which now has been manifested through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.”
Genesis 12:3 - Abraham was promised that through him “all the nations of the world would be blessed through him.”
Genesis 49:10 - Jacob told Judah that “the scepter would not depart from Judah”. The descendants of Judah would be the leaders of Israel.
2 Samuel 7:13-16 - David, from the tribe of Judah, is told that God had chosen Solomon to succeed him. God promises that He will establish his kingdom forever.
Isaiah 9:7 - we are told that the Messiah “will reign over the house of David forever”.
All these promises are all fulfilled in Jesus.
“But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.”
The question we are focused on is how does the genealogy reveal that Jesus’ birth filled with God’s grace?
2. The genealogy reveals the reach of the salvation provided through Jesus.
“For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people.”
“But when he heard it, he said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. Go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”
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