TEXT: Matthew 1:1-6:
1 The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.
2 Abraham begat Isaac; and Isaac begat Jacob; and Jacob begat Judas and his brethren;
3 And Judas begat Pha-res and Zara of Tha-mar; and Pha-res begat Es-rom; and Es-rom begat Aram;
4 And Aram begat A-min-a-dab; and A-min-a-dab begat Naas-son; and Naas-son begat Sal-mon;
5 And Salmon begat Boaz of Rachab; and Boaz begat Obed of Ruth; and Obed begat Jesse;
6 And Jesse begat David the king; and David the king begat Solomon of her that had been the wife of Urias;
After preaching the Gospel every day for 367 days straight throughout the 2016 presidential campaign season, I am preaching the Gospel every day throughout the first 100 days of President Donald Trump’s term. If you think a new president being in office is the only thing needed to save America and ‘make America great again’, you are woefully deceived. The church must follow through and “keep the main thing the main thing: and that is reaching unbelievers with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and praying for their salvation, for the problem in America is not only disobedient presidents, politicians, and people, but disobedient pastors, preachers, and parishioners who have refused to obey the Lord’s Great Commission which is to, ‘Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature,’ and who have refused to obey God’s repeated commands to ‘pray without ceasing’ for unbelievers, believers, and political leaders.” So, we encourage you to pray for the new president, but not to get caught up in the political happenings like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord. And that is what this campaign is all about.
This campaign is inspired by the following three verses: 1 Corinthians 2:2 which says, “For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” Acts 5:42 which says, “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” And 2 Timothy 2:4 which says, “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”
This series is not for Christians necessarily. However, I do hope you are one of those saints who still loves to hear the “Old, old story of Jesus and His love” — As another hymn says, “For those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.” This series is primarily for unbelievers, so they can hear and understand the Gospel and be saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell. This is message number 10.
Matthew Henry said, “Concerning this genealogy of our Saviour, observe the chief intention. It is not a needless genealogy. It is not a vain-glorious one, as those of great men often are. It proves that our Lord Jesus is of the nation and family out of which the Messiah was to arise. The promise of the blessing was made to Abraham and his seed; of the dominion, to David and his seed. It was promised to Abraham that Christ should descend from him, and to David that he should descend from him, and, therefore, unless Jesus is a son of David, and a son of Abraham, he is not the Messiah. Now this is here proved from well-known records. When the Son of God was pleased to take our nature, he came near to us, in our fallen, wretched condition; but he was perfectly free from sin: and while we read the names in his genealogy, we should not forget how low the Lord of glory stooped to save the human race.”
The “book of the generations of Jesus Christ,” the historical record of Jesus’ human lineage, shows us the close connection Jesus has to the human race. He is not God in the form of man or God appearing like a man, but God as man. God literally becoming a flesh-and-blood human being.
The Son of God had human ancestors and one of those ancestors was Abraham. We saw that Abraham is the father of faith, of all those who believe, both Jews and Gentiles. God promised Abraham that he would be the father of a great nation, and that out of that nation, all other nations would be blessed. That great nation is Israel, and that blessing to all nations is Jesus Christ.
However, there are some ancestors of Jesus Christ who are not as illustrious as Abraham. Not all of Jesus’ ancestors are the fathers and mothers of great nations that would one day bless the world. However, these ancestors of Christ also have something important to share with us about the character of God in the work of salvation.
One such ancestor is Rahab. Rahab was a Canaanite prostitute who lived in the city of Jericho. She was not a woman of any great character, but she recognized that the Lord God was with His people Israel when they came to take over the Promised Land. She assisted two Israelite spies, and, in exchange, they promised to spare her and anyone in her house when they invaded the city. Rahab eventually married an Israelite and gave birth to Boaz. Thus she became an ancestor of David and of Jesus Christ.
Then we have Ruth. As the wife of Boaz, she became the granddaughter-in-law of Rahab. Like Rahab, Ruth was not an Israelite. She was a Moabite woman who chose to cast her lot with God’s people during a time of famine. She told her mother-in-law Naomi these immortal words: “For whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God: Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried.“ Because of her faith in the God of Israel, not only did she save her mother-in-law’s family and marry a wealthy, honorable man, but she became the great-grandmother of King David and an ancestor of Jesus Christ.
And then we have Bathsheba. Her name is not mentioned in this genealogy; she is referred to as “she that had been the wife of Uriah.” Now, typically, the blame is placed on David for the adultery they committed, but the Bible does not indicate that David forced Bathsheba or that she was completely innocent in the matter. Their affair ended with David arranging for her husband Uriah to be killed in battle and David taking Bathsheba as his wife. Their first child died as part of God’s punishment for their sin; David’s grief is well-documented in Scripture, but it is safe to assume that this experience was just as painful for Bathsheba. Out of these sordid circumstances, God brought Solomon, Israel’s wisest king, and an ancestor of Jesus Christ.
The presence of Rahab, Ruth, and Bathsheba in the bloodline of Jesus Christ presents us with a picture of the character of God when it comes to salvation. God does not withhold His mercy, love, and grace from those who have sinned or from those who come from questionable backgrounds. People often judge the worth of others based on their past crimes or their family background. We exclude people from social circles because we don’t like or approve of where they come from. But in the family of God, this is never the case. If God is willing to allow outsiders and sinners in the lineage of His holy Son, surely He will allow any of us to join His family after we have trusted Jesus Christ as saviour.
Martin Luther wrote:
Our Father, God in heaven above,
we are your family through your love.
Your name be hallowed: help us, Lord,
to keep in purity your word.
Your kingdom come: yours let it be
in time, and through eternity.
And may your will on earth be done
as it is done before your throne.
Curb flesh and blood and every ill
that sets itself against your will.
Give us this day our daily bread,
whatever for this life we need.
Deliver us from evil days;
throughout our lives, protect our ways.
And when we die, grant calm release,
and take us home to you in peace.
Thus in your name and at your word
we say: Amen, O hear us, Lord.
God hears the prayers of all those who are His children, who are a part of His family. You can belong to the family of God as well by placing your faith and trust in Jesus Christ and His finished work on the cross. Here is how you can do that today:
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to GospelLightSociety.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.