Summary: Hidden in our Christmas celebrations are the secrets of Jesus’ family tree. Come and discover the real meaning of Christmas.
The Christmas season is upon us. Christmas is an interesting time of the year here in the United States. Mention the word, "Christmas" and
automatically it stirs images of nativity scenes, beautifully decorated homes with lights and tinsel, and Santa with precious little children on his lap
reciting their "wish lists" for Christmas morning. Christmas, on the surface, is a sanitized, serene, and sweet celebration. We tell the story on Christmas Eve with candles lit. We hold our little ones and sing "Away In A Manger" with a lump in our throats. We wrap our presents in the most beautiful paper that we will see all year. We yearn to be with our family
and enjoy the fellowship of those we love. Christmas, in the minds of many, is a Norman Rockwell canvas colored with sentimental strokes of satisfaction and
If you dig a little deeper in your survey of Christmas happenings you might find another picture painted before your eyes. We’ve heard of some of
the secrets of Christmas already as Jo Fischer has been keeping us informed about some of the kids in our community who are going to wake up Christmas
morning knowing that their mom or dad is in jail. We’ve had funerals over the past several weeks that remind us that Christmas, for many, will be
sorrow-filled rather than the sweet celebration that is portrayed on the television or in Hollywood movies. There are many other secrets of Christmas that we don’t like to be reminded of because we don’t want our celebration ruined.
If we will take the time to study God’s Word we will find out that there have always been "Christmas secrets," things that others would have rather
had left out of the story. All we have to do is take a look at the Christmas story recorded for us in Matthew’s Gospel and we will learn that Christmas
secrets existed before Jesus was ever born. Take a look with me at Matthew 1 and you will see what I mean. Matthew has included Jesus’ family tree in
his telling of the Christmas story. Tucked away in the branches are where the Christmas secrets begin. Matthew says,
1A record of the genealogy of Jesus Christ the son of David, the son of Abraham: 2Abraham was the father of Isaac, Isaac the father of Jacob, Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, 3Judah the father of Perez and Zerah, whose mother was Tamar, Perez the father of Hezron, Hezron the father of Ram, 4 Ram the father of Amminadab, Amminadab the father of Nahshon, Nahshon the father of Salmon, 5Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab, Boaz the father of Obed, whose mother was Ruth, Obed the father of Jesse, 6and
Jesse the father of King David. David was the father of Solomon, whose mother had been Uriah’s wife, 7Solomon the father of Rehoboam, Rehoboam the father
of Abijah, Abijah the father of Asa, 8Asa the father of Jehoshaphat, Jehoshaphat the father of Jehoram, Jehoram the father of Uzziah, 9Uzziah the father of Jotham, Jotham the father of Ahaz, Ahaz the father of Hezekiah, 10Hezekiah the father of Manasseh, Manasseh the father of Amon, Amon the father of Josiah, 11and Josiah the father of Jeconiah and his brothers at