Summary: What we can gain from the exciting lineage of Jesus.
“The Word Became Flesh: The Lineage of our King”
If the Wise Men Had Been Women...
First, if the wise men had been women, it would not have taken them two years to get there because they would have stopped and asked for directions.
If the Wise Men had been women, they would have been there to clean up the mess so Jesus wouldn’t have had to be born in a barn.
And finally, if the Wise Men had been women, they would have brought much more practical gifts including a casserole so the family would have something to eat....
The story of God’s bringing Jesus into the world is the most amazing story every recorded. We see that as Paul said, at just the right time, God brought his son Jesus into the world. The birth of Jesus is one of the most amazing events in all of history, because we see the plan of God being revealed and fulfilled. We see that this is the point that the prophets long for and waited for. The longed so much to see the Messiah come into the world. Jesus’ birth was amazing, because we see prophecies being fulfilled, and the scripture prove true, and we see Immanuel, God with us. He was the wonderful counselor, everlasting father, the mighty God, the prince of peace coming into the world. The birth of Jesus was a visioned birth, seen by Adam in the garden. It was seen by Abraham as the promise of the Messiah came to Him. It was seen in Isaiah chapter 9, and it was seen by Joseph before the birth of Jesus. The birth of Jesus was vital birth, in which the salvation of all men for all history depended on. It was a victorious birth, victorious over sin, and victorious over Satan.
It is important to understand that as Jesus came into the world, surely he came as a lowly peasant, but when he comes back again he is coming as conqueror and He is currently the reigning king. As Jesus came he showed that he was king over all types and groups of people.
The greatest story ever told is that God sent His son into the world as a man to die for our sins. Peter says in I Peter, that God desires all to be saved and all to come to repentance. The very message this Christmas season is that God want you to come to Him. The message of Christmas isn’t found on any child’s wish list, it isn’t found in the shopping malls, it isn’t found wrapped up in a tree, or flying in a sled, the message of Christmas isn’t found in Christmas carols, or Christmas decorations, the message of Christmas is that God loves you so much he would leave His home in Heaven and become a man, and die for your sins. The message is for all of us. Sometimes I think we overlook that message. Sometimes we forget that God loves us each individually, and that if just one of us has sinned he would have done it all over again. He didn’t send Jesus to die to make a good story, but he did it so that we could spend eternity in Heaven with Him. We all at some time have sinned, granted some have sinned more than others. Since we all have sinned, we are separated from God, and nothing we do can bring us back to Him, but the cross made a way for you and me to get to God. Jesus is our King and he died so that we could be saved, and be presented to God blameless and pure. Perhaps you have missed that message all your life, and today want to take God up on His offer of salvation. It is the greatest Christmas gift that can be offered and yet it is free.
Years I spent in vanity in pride, caring not my Lord was crucified, then I learned it was for me he died on Calvary…mercy there was great and grace was free pardon there was multiplied to me, there my burdened soul found liberty, at Calvary. You won’t find liberty at the manger, but you can find it at the cross.
Text: Matthew 1:1-17
I. Jesus is King over Israel
As you look through the genealogy of Jesus you can see clearly that Jesus came from the line of Israel. The names that are listed here are many names that you may be familiar with when reading the Old Testament accounts. Most of the names mentioned are Jewish names. Jesus came from the blood line of Israel. Thousands of years ago the promise of the Messiah coming into the world came to Abraham, God told Him that his descendants would be numerous and the Messiah would come from his blood line. Then the promise followed to Isaac, the son of Abraham, and then it followed to Isaac’s son, Jacob or Israel thus beginning the nation of Israel.