Key Verse: This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah the son of David, the son of Abraham: Matthew 1:1
The opening pages of the New Testament read like a little like an ancient Hebrew phone book. Matthew introduces his gospel with a genealogy which most of us just skip over, but it’s there for an important reason. Matthew opens his eyewitness account of Jesus’ life with a list of names: the genealogy of Jesus’ family on his adoptive father, Joseph’s side. Matthew wrote his Gospel to prove that Jesus was the long-awaited Messiah who fulfilled all of the Old Testament promises.
He begins his gospel by showing Jesus is the fulfillment of God’s covenant with David, which promised “When your days are over and you rest with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, your own flesh and blood, and I will establish his kingdom. He is the one who will build a house for my Name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.“ 2 Samuel 7:12-13. And the fulfillment of God’s promise to Abraham, “and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me.” Genesis 22:12.
At the time Matthew wrote, it was possible to verify his genealogy of Jesus by comparing it with the public records. A large part of Matthew 1:2-12) can be checked against Old Testament lists (1 Chron. 1:34; 2:1-15; 3:5, 10-19). So far as we know, even the enemies of the Christian faith have never challenged the validity of this family tree.
God uses the genealogy of Jesus to emphasize the fact; we are all sinners, and we all need to be born again into a new family with Jesus. The human ancestry of Jesus includes adultery, murder, incest, and prostitution. The prevailing message is that no matter who we are, where we come from, or how bad we are, there is room for us in Jesus’ family.