In this sermon, Pastor Neil explains the genealogy of Jesus, what it means in terms of world history and what it means to us today. Here are some excerpts:
Strange as this genealogy may seem to us, its peculiarities were all part of God’s plan. God was behind it all. Every generation, even those in conscious rebellion against God, had a part in God’s purpose.
So, what does it all mean for us today? It means, first and foremost, that Jesus had the perfect qualifications to be the Messiah, the Savior, the Deliverer promised by God. He had the perfect pedigree by virtue of His bloodline to be the Redeemer-King from the line of David. He had – and has – the bona fides to be the Savior of the world. To be your Savior and mine.
It also means that Jesus came into the world to save sinners. That is exactly what Paul says in 1 Timothy 1:15: “Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.” As Jesus Himself said: “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners” (Mark 2:17). Jesus came for sinners. If you’re a sinner who needs a Savior – and we’re all in this boat together –Jesus came to save you from your sins. Jesus was born for you. Jesus died for you. His grace is meant for you.
The genealogy of Jesus also shows that God’s love is not just for the Jewish people. Jesus is not just Israel’s Messiah and Savior. He is the Messiah and Savior of the world. Red, yellow, brown, black, or white – it doesn’t matter what color your skin is. We are all precious in Hissight. Jesus came and died for sinners from every nation, race, people, and language. In the family tree of Jesus we see that the blood of not one, not two, but three Gentile mothers“coursed through the blood of the Savior of the world” (Pentz, “Levi’s Genes”).
Nothing in the ancestry of Jesus is accidental. It was all part of God’s sovereign plan to send us a Savior. Jesus stands at the center of history. His birth is the dividing line in all of history. All that came before Him is BC – Before Christ. All that came after His birth is AD– Anno Domini, the Year of Our Lord.