December 19, 2003
The Pedigree of Jesus
Your pedigree? Noah was my great, great so many grandfather -
We are all in this together - Rom. 11:33, John 1:3, Col. 1:17-18
The Book of the Generations of Christ.
v. 1 - Two points: (a) He is the Son of David
II Sam. 7:8-16
(b) He is the Son of Abraham
Gen. 22:18, 12:1-4a
“in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be
“Abraham believed God and it was accounted to him
for righteousness” - Rom. 4:3
How do you stack up? Do you want to please God during
this Christmas season? How about after January? Any
New Year’s resolutions?
John 6:28-29 - no plainer words in scripture
“If ye love me, keep my commandments” - John 14:15
“God so loved the world that He gave His only Son”
Jesus’ example - John 14:31
“so Abraham departed as the Lord had spoken unto him”
vs. 2-16 - notice - “begat.......begat....begat....begat” until
v. 16 where there is a variation.
Besides Mary, the only other women mentioned are Tamar,
Rahab, Ruth & Bathsheba and her not by name “wife of
Urias” - All but Ruth were stained with sexual sins.
There was a harlot, an adulteress, incest -
The rest of the women are left unnamed, although
we all know that they too were sinners for “all have
sinned and fallen short of the glory of God”
Christ is thus proclaimed as the Friend, even Kinsman
of sinners and as a Savior offered to the Gentiles (Rahab)
as well as to the Jews.
kinsman - near kinsman - Christ extends His closest
kinship to all who do the will of God - “for whosoever
shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the
same is my brother and sister and mother” - Matt 12:50
“heirs ...joint heirs with Christ” - Rom. 8:16-17
“God, sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful
flesh and for sin” - Rom. 8:3
“He was in all points tempted like we are yet without
sin” - Heb. 4:15
II Cor 5:21 - “He made Him to be sin for us who knew
no sin that we might be made the righteousness
of God in Him” -
Christ is perfectly One with the Father, equally one with us!
Whether we believe or not is no difference - “If we believe
not, yet He abideth faithful: He cannot deny Himself”
Aeosop’s Fable - Ox and the Toad - Ps. 50:21
Point - Poorest, noblest of the earth, sinners as well as
saints have their interest in Him -
Kinsman - I would like to spiritually get this close to Him as
my grandsons and me.
Hank Story (coming with hands behind back & standing
before me just like he was glad to be in
Parker Story - Parker sick, I went to bedroom to pray for
him - he came in dark room - stood on my
legs and patted me on the back while drinking
Rob Story - laying on couch bed looking over my lesson
and how still he got while watching me.
Abraham begat Isaac, Isaac begat Jacob and Jacob begat
Judah - Man comes - man goes - a man is born into this
world and another man goeth to his long home - each man
represents a long line of ancestors, a line which each
generation lengthens, a line stretching back to the remotest
past. Most of us know very little of those who have gone on
before us, not so much as their names. They are gone and
we must follow, we too, unless the Lord comes, must follow;
we soon shall be but names in the memory of posterity,
(the Lord knoweth them that are His), But God hath said,
“I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the
God of Jacob. He is not the God of the dead but of the
living. Then the dead of ages past are living still, we
speak of them as the dead, but they live unto God”
Cemetery at Olmstead - this week - Natalie’s choir
program - I took pictures - fallen stones - half buried
stones - broken stones - people’s names.
The dead in Christ shall rise first - I Thess 4:15-17
It matters little now to them what their rank, their wealth,
was in life. The patriarch, the grandpa, the king, the
carpenter, the ditch digger, are distinguished now only
by their faith in Him in whose birth we are now celebrating.
Now is the day of salvation - lay up for yourselves treasures
in heaven - seek first the kingdom of God
v. 5 - “Rachab the harlot” - Josh. 6:25 - place of honor
Tradition that Jeremiah and other known people of his
age descended from her - even read where she may have
married Joshua -
Whether so or not - the New Testament teaches us that
Christ will wed us.
What God did for Rahab, He will do for you - IT IS NO
SECRET WHAT GOD CAN DO!
Bathsheba, not mentioned by name - well known - the phrase
seems to call attention most pointedly to David’s sin - in a
sentence where his kingly dignity had just been emphasized.
v. 8 - Between Joram and Uzziah - three names missing -
Ahaziah, Joash, & Amaziah - look for the reason
to be that they were descendants of Jezebel -
Read Rev. 13:8 Rev. 20:11-15
“This same Jesus” came, lived, died and was
resurrected to remedy this.
How can you miss it? How is it that you are left out?
vs. 13-16 - seems to be no connection of the names
& it seems likely that the family of David had
fallen into low estate for several generations
before the birth of Jesus Christ.
LOOK UP REFERENCE TO DAVID’S HOUSE
NOT SO - II Samuel 23:1-5
v. 16 - Christ - Messiah - The Anointed
v. 18 - Now begins the history this Jesus as the
especially Anointed One of God, the True
Gen. 3:15, 49:10 - in this day of anarchy you may wonder
Haggai 2:7 “And I will shake all nations, and the desire of
all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with
glory, saith the Lord of hosts.”
Heb. 9:28 - “So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of
many; and unto them that look for Him shall He
appear the second time without sin unto salvation”
The origin of the Messiah - not of man but of God -
“she was found” - a surprise - “with child of the Holy Ghost”
Luke 1:26-35 esp. v. 35 - “And the angel answered and said
unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and
the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: also
that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be
called the Son of God”
Mary was the chosen woman of the chosen people.
v. 19 - Joseph was a just man - he strove to conform to the
Divine precepts - he loved Mary enough not to
make a spectacle of her - “minded to put her
v. 25 - “knew her not not until she had brought forth
her firstborn son” - did not cohabitate
v. 21 - “For He shall save” - He and no other - “I am God
and there is no other”
“His people from their sins” - when once sin is cast out,
it will be easy work to deal with secondary problems
of life. - the SIN PROBLEM IS THE BIGGIE!
The last thing that many people want from Christ is to be
saved from their sin. They would be glad to be delivered
from its pains and penalties, but the sin itself, they love
and have no wish to abandon.
We as people of God are not perfect; daily we commit new
sins and Christ is our DAILY SAVIOR!
Not only at the moment of regeneration, but through the
long and often sadly stained Christian life, we need Christ
to save us from sins that still beset us!
Full salvation from sin will be the final issue!
v. 22 - “now all this was done” - prophetic perfect - something
presented as in the future as if it was already past.
Whether the past, the present or the future - “Know unto
God are all His works from the beginning of the
world.” - Acts 15:18
v. 24 - Joseph “did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him”
Three examples of Joseph’s obedience
a. taking Mary to wife
b. not divorcing her
c. naming the child in faith
Do you think that the scripture says in vain -
“This same Jesus....shall so come” - Acts 1:11
Need to study Matt. 24, the second coming of our Lord
in this light.
My praise is “Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable
My Prayer is: “Even so, Come Lord Jesus!”