The Genealogy of the Christ
How often we like to flip past the passages of genealogies in Holy Scripture. Those passages that talk about this person begat that person and so on. Yet those passages are very important. Sometimes different types of listings of numbers show an important increase or decrease in tribes, sometimes it shows how a family has grown, and sometimes, like this passage, it shows something extra special.
1 The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.
2 Abraham became the father of Isaac. Isaac became the father of Jacob. Jacob became the father of Judah and his brothers. 3 Judah became the father of Perez and Zerah by Tamar. Perez became the father of Hezron. Hezron became the father of Ram. 4 Ram became the father of Amminadab. Amminadab became the father of Nahshon. Nahshon became the father of Salmon. 5 Salmon became the father of Boaz by Rahab. Boaz became the father of Obed by Ruth. Obed became the father of Jesse. 6 Jesse became the father of King David. David became the father of Solomon by her who had been Uriah’s wife. 7 Solomon became the father of Rehoboam. Rehoboam became the father of Abijah. Abijah became the father of Asa.
8 Asa became the father of Jehoshaphat. Jehoshaphat became the father of Joram. Joram became the father of Uzziah. 9 Uzziah became the father of Jotham. Jotham became the father of Ahaz. Ahaz became the father of Hezekiah. 10 Hezekiah became the father of Manasseh. Manasseh became the father of Amon. Amon became the father of Josiah. 11 Josiah became the father of Jechoniah and his brothers at the time of the exile to Babylon. 12 After the exile to Babylon, Jechoniah became the father of Shealtiel. Shealtiel became the father of Zerubbabel.
13 Zerubbabel became the father of Abiud. Abiud became the father of Eliakim. Eliakim became the father of Azor. 14 Azor became the father of Zadok. Zadok became the father of Achim. Achim became the father of Eliud. 15 Eliud became the father of Eleazar. Eleazar became the father of Matthan. Matthan became the father of Jacob. 16 Jacob became the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, from whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.
17 So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; from David to the exile to Babylon fourteen generations; and from the carrying away to Babylon to the Christ, fourteen generations.
The Promise to Come
The genealogy of Christ shows us a few important things. Firstly, that His family lineage is full of sinful people. We often don’t think about it but since Christ came into the world as the only sinless one, the Second Adam, then everyone before Him would be a sinner in need of a Savior. Ever since Adam and Eve fell the entire creation has been corrupted by sin.
His family line being full of sinners is important to comprehend. Every one of them needed Him. Every one of them could only be saved by grace through faith in a promise that had not yet been fulfilled. Today, the promise has been fulfilled and we look back to the cross, while they looked forward to the Messiah to come. We, like them, also look forward in time for a promise; the return of Christ.
God with us
This is the other important thing about the genealogy it points forward to something important. Ever since Gen 3:15 mankind has been waiting for the fulfilment of the Promise; the Seed that would crush Satan. No one after the fall would be righteous enough to undo the brokenness of the universe. Who alive could say that they could atone for the sins of the world, cast down Satan, and make everything new? Only God can do this.
God in the flesh, as prophecy would foretell, would be the righteous Servant; a child is born… the Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6). Only God could fix the problem of sin, death, and the devil. It is important to understand that. Some people who want to claim Jesus was a lesser deity or just a man, have more of a problem than heresy. They have no assurance of atonement.
Only God could live a righteous and holy life, only God could be born of a virgin, and only God could heal the diseased. Only God has control over creation and only God could take the whole sin of the world and not be overcome by it, but overcome it. Only God could be so holy that sin doesn’t corrupt Him, but that He could take sin and destroy it and leave it in the grave. Only God can rise from the dead and never die again; at least until the Last day when all of us believers will rise to eternal life.
The New Promise
This is why the genealogy is so important. God promised He would come, and God entered the world in human flesh, paid for our sin with His life, death, and resurrection. This genealogy shows the fulfilment of that promise given to Abraham. This promise is for you. This promise is fulfilled and will be delivered in the next promise.
That new promise is that He will come again to bring you to your heavenly home in life everlasting. Where you will be free of your sinful nature. No more sin or the effects of sin. No sickness, death, or sinful desires. You will be free from covetousness, greed, envy, sexual immorality, hatred, idolatry, etc…
Your body will be raised and purified of the sinful disease that daily pulls you away from God. You will be free to love and trust in God above all things and to truly love your neighbor. You will be free from sickness and ailments that rot at your flesh. When Jesus returns you will be free at last from sin, death, and the devil. What we have by faith now will be finalized on that Last Day. Go in Peace.