Ancestors, Part 2
The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. ~Matthew 1:1
Yesterday, we considered four women ancestors of our Lord Jesus that were referred to in His genealogy. This morning, we want to consider men who are profound ancestors. It is important that Jesus could trace His earthly lineage back to these men in order to validate His authority and authenticity.
We see the Hebrew connection of our Saviour through Abraham.
Matthew begins his gospel by demonstrating our Lord’s Hebrew lineage. He is called “the son of Abraham.” Abraham is the father of the Hebrew race. Abraham’s descendants included Isaac, Jacob, and Judah. Genesis 49:10 tells us our Lord descended from the tribe of Judah: “The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.” Then, in Numbers 24:17, we are told: “There shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel.” As we follow the names listed in Matthew’s genealogy, it is clearly seen that Jesus was born into the Hebrew lineage and was fully Jew.
We see the human connection of our Saviour through Adam.
In Luke 3, our Lord’s human ancestors are listed, going all the way back to Adam. Jesus is the Word Who became flesh and dwelt among us. Jesus is God manifest in the flesh. God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself. The first Adam began the human race. Every man after Adam was born with a sin nature and the curse of sin. Jesus was virgin born: there was no human father involved in His birth. Being virgin born, Jesus entered this world with the same essence He had in Heaven: He entered in this world as the sinless Son of God. Jesus is the second Adam from above. First Corinthians 15:45 tells us “And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.” As the second Adam, Jesus gives light and life to all who believe on His name for salvation.
We see the highness connection of our Saviour through David.
Jesus came as King of the Jews. By His connection to David’s throne, He fulfills the prophecy of His highness and royalty recorded in Psalm 110. Isaiah 9:7 says, “Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom.” Micah 5:2 tells us that He will be Ruler in Israel. Hebrews 2:9 tells us that Jesus is crowned with glory and honor. Jesus has a royal lineage that is verifiably traced back to David. Even greater is the fact that Jesus is King of kings and Lord of lords.
There is one more connection we need to see. Jesus has a heavenly connection to God the Father. He is the holy, sinless Son of God. Gabriel announced His coming as the Son of the Highest. Jesus is the Firstborn from above. Jesus is the only Begotten of the Father. He is the only One of His kind. He is co-equal, co eternal, and co-essential with God the Father. He and the Father are One and the same.
Jesus fulfilled all scriptural prophecies and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. God’s plan is perfect, pure, and priceless. This Christmas, don’t overlook Who Jesus is!
Have a worshipful God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Titus-Philemon