Monday, August 17, 2009
Genealogy of Christ
1 The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham:
17 So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations, from David until the captivity in Babylon are fourteen generations, and from the captivity in Babylon until the Christ are fourteen generations.
Matthew 1:1 & 17, New King James Version
Genealogy of Christ
As we continue our study, "What is in a Word," we are going to look at the word, "Christ." It is interesting to note that the word, "Christ," is only found in the New Testament, appearing in the very first verse (Matthew 1:1). Why is that? Jesus was foretold in the Old Testament, and the New Testament shows that the fulfillment of those prophecies has come.
The word, "Christ," means anointed. Christ, the Anointed, Son of David, Son of Abraham (through Mary), and Son of God, came to this earth with only one purpose. As this study continues, it will be obvious to note that Christ was intent on this singular purpose all of his life, even as a child.
But, why does the New Testament start with a genealogy? And, why is this the genealogy of Joseph? To the Jewish nation, your genealogy was your proof that you legitimately belonged. To fulfill the prophecies of Christ in the Old Testament, the coming Messiah must be from the line of Judah, and then from the line of King David. Even though Christ's true father was not Joseph, but rather the Holy Spirit, Matthew takes the time to include the genealogy of Jesus Christ's earthly father, Joseph. Later, another genealogy is included which gives the genealogy of Mary.
As Christians, we are the anointed of Christ. We have one singular purpose for remaining on this earth, and that purpose will continue until the day we die. Being creatures of sin, however, we are often consumed with everything but our true purpose for being here. As we look into the ministry of Christ, let us pray that God will help us to renew our true purpose, and seek for the rest of our lives to fulfill our true God-given purpose, by faithfully serving Him no matter where He has put us.
Oh what a Savior we have!
God Bless You,