The genealogy of Jesus Christ

Matthew 1:17  So all the generations from Abraham to David were fourteen generations, and from David to the deportation to Babylon fourteen generations, and from the deportation to Babylon to the Christ fourteen generations.

It’s no mistake and no coincidence that Matthew chose to begin his Gospel account with the lineage of Jesus.  While it may seem insignificant and we may choose to skip past this part of Scripture, every bit of it is intentional.  Jesus did not appear out of nowhere.  He was born to a specific human mother who was selected personally by God.  His earthly father was a man who came from a line of Jews that stretched all the way back to Abraham, the father of the nation of Israel.

It was Abraham who first received a promise from God in the form of a covenant, David with whom God renewed His covenant, and the post-exilic Jews who were told of the Messiah’s coming.  Each and every person in the history of Jesus’ genealogy is important as each of them has their own story.  Just as you and I are the product of our family line, so too is Jesus the product of His.  With the exception, of course, that He’s God.

Matthew’s inclusion of the genealogy shows the importance of the Old Testament to the New.  The story of Israel is the story of Jesus.  Those people who came before Him matter.  God ordained that Jesus be born into a particular family, to a particular mother.  But this was not the beginning of Jesus, only the beginning of His mission on earth.  Jesus existed long before His birth on Christmas…