Summary: Surrender, salvation, trust, the Messiah
MARY THE MOTHER OF THE CHRIST
Matt. 1: 16, 17 (P681) December 23, 2012
14 generations fro Abraham to David, then 14 generations from Kind David to the Jews exile in Babylon…and 14 generations from the exile to the birth of Jesus.
42 generations in all recorded in Matthew’s genealogy…this amazing genealogy includes your women… Tamar, Rahab, Ruth and Mary.
It includes names you would know…like Abraham, Isaac and Jacob…David, and his son Solomon…but it also includes names you read over very quickly in your “read through the bible in a year” journey…names like Jehoshaphat and Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel…
Our text traces the line all the way to Jacob, the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary…
If you’re really one of those people who love history and love genealogies...you can go back to Genesis chapter 5….”It’s the written account of Adams line all the way to Noah”…Genesis chapter 10 called, the table of nations…is the account of Shem, Ham, and Japheth, Noah’s son (it’s a description of how the nations begin to be formed through the sons of Noah)…
And if you haven’t slipped into a genealogy “comma” yet…Genesis eleven records how “Shem’s line leads all the way to Abraham.
Biblically speaking you can trace by name from Adam to Jesus, the providential line from Sin to perfection…coincidently or possible “God incidentally” its 77 generations.
I’m often asked “why did Adam, Seth, Methuselah (969 yrs.) get to live so much longer….Adam lived 950 years?” I don’t know, but possible it’s because they were much closer to perfection…and after the flood God limited the number of years we would live to much fewer.
But for each of these generations…and through each of these people God was fulfilling a promise made to Adam and Eve after their sinful fall in the Garden of Eden….It’s found in God’s pronouncement to the serpent of Old in Gen. 3: 15 “The Lord God said to the Serpent…I will put enmity between you and the woman and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head and you will strike his heel.”
When we talk about Jesus Christ we need to understand Christ isn’t Jesus last name…it’s his title…it means, “Promised One.” Every Jewish man and woman anticipated, looked for…hoped for “the One that was promised to come…” the One who would establish His Kingdom and reign forever….you know…”the Son of David, “The son of Abraham.”
Matthew is clearly saying “Wait no longer…hope no longer….Mary, the wife of Joseph has given birth to Jesus…the promised one!
Jesus came through….
I A PROMISED BIRTH
Matt. 1: 18 “This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His Mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit.”