As we continue to move into the Christmas season; we should not only focus upon who Jesus was, we should also focus upon who Jesus was not. Jesus’ lineage was clearly marked with royalty. David, Solomon and the kings of Judah are in the line of Jesus’ earthly father Joseph, but it is significant to also recognize His lineage traces back to David on Mary’s side of the family as well.
When one reads the Bible’s accounts of the ancestors of Jesus, it is a great reminder that all of us are frail humans that are subject to sin and to failures. Despite our imperfections, however, God can and has used many humans to do amazing things. Rahab, the harlot, saved the spies for Israel as they began to carry out God’s plan in Jericho. Boaz was a kindly kinsman redeemer that saved and then married Ruth, great grandmother of King David. Solomon was the wisest King of Israel and brought Israel to its pinnacle as a nation.
Jesus never intended to come in with a great deal of pomp and ceremony. He was part of a normal family. He worked as a normal tradesman prior to starting His ministry. Jesus spent that ministry showing the world the love of His Father, healing the sick, helping the blind to see, raising the dead, and preparing the world for a personal relationship with God.
He exposed the futility of the religious leaders and the chaos of a selfish world. He taught us the meaning of selflessness and in His sacrifice invited us to join in that selfless lifestyle. He is God! He is not a prophet—although all of His prophecies did come true. He was not a warrior king, although he defeated the greatest enemy of all. Jesus was Emmanuel–God with us. He settled once and for all that our God loves us personally, unconditionally, and eternally. All Jesus asks in return is that we trust Him, accept His gift and follow His lead into an eternal life with God.
God Bless You
2 Abraham was the father of Isaac,
Isaac the father of Jacob,
Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers,
3 Judah 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,
5 Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab,
Boaz the father of Obed, whose mother was Ruth,
Obed the father of Jesse,
6 and Jesse the father of King David.
David was the father of Solomon, whose mother had been Uriah’s wife,
7 Solomon the father of Rehoboam,
Rehoboam the father of Abijah,
Abijah the father of Asa,
8 Asa the father of Jehoshaphat,
Jehoshaphat the father of Jehoram,
Jehoram the father of Uzziah,
9 Uzziah the father of Jotham,
Jotham the father of Ahaz,
Ahaz the father of Hezekiah,
10 Hezekiah the father of Manasseh,
Manasseh the father of Amon,
Amon the father of Josiah,
11 and Josiah the father of Jeconiah[c] and his brothers at the time of the exile to Babylon.
12 After the exile to Babylon:
Jeconiah was the father of Shealtiel,
Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel,
13 Zerubbabel the father of Abihud,
Abihud the father of Eliakim,
Eliakim the father of Azor,
14 Azor the father of Zadok,
Zadok the father of Akim,
Akim the father of Elihud,
15 Elihud the father of Eleazar,
Eleazar the father of Matthan,
Matthan the father of Jacob,
16 and Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, and Mary was the mother of Jesus who is called the Messiah.
17 Thus there were fourteen generations in all from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the exile to Babylon, and fourteen from the exile to the Messiah.