Advent 2014 – 16 days ’til Christmas

The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.
Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers…
…and Obed the father of Jesse, and Jesse the father of David the king. And David was the father of Solomon…
and Matthan the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born, who is called Christ. Matthew 1:1-16

JESUS CHRIST IS KING!

I can trace my family on my mother’s side way back to 1067 when my Hungarian forebear was caught up in the intrigues surrounding the English throne. He ended up in Scotland where his descendants became a powerful clan with further royal intrigues ensuing as the generations passed.

I find it fascinating that I can go so far back – thirty one generations. And here I am today in 2014.

Here in Matthew is a record of generations of Jesus’ forebears, the two key ancestors being David and Abraham.

God promised David that he would set one of his descendants on his throne Psalm 132:11. Abraham was promised by God that a great nation would come from him and that in him all the families of the earth would be blessed Genesis 12:1-3. The Apostle Paul further explains that:

…the promises were made to Abraham and to his offspring. It does not say, “And to offsprings,” referring to many, but referring to one, “And to your offspring,” who is Christ. Galatians 3:16

Rose window in Basilica of St Denis, France, depicting the ancestors of Jesus from Jesse onwards.
Rose window in Basilica of St Denis, France, depicting the ancestors of Jesus from Jesse onwards.

By recording the lineage as far back as Abraham, the Apostle aims to establish Jesus’ credentials and birthright through his relationship to both Abraham and David.

And there Jesus was, born to Mary and his earthly father Joseph, in a stable in Bethlehem, the long awaited Messiah and the promised King of Israel.

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