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Son of David (1 of 3)
Series: Right Christmas
This morning, we begin a brand new and entirely unique Christmas series entitled Right Christmas. We're going to spend three weeks in a most interesting biblical text.
You may not think it's the most interesting biblical text you've read, but my hope is that when we're finished, you will see the beauty of Matthew 1, the genealogy of Jesus Christ.
That's right, three weeks on the genealogy in Matthew 1. But this genealogy is important if we want to get Christmas right. And in a world that is so confused about who Jesus is, it's essential to take some time in the Word of God to answer that question.
If a man suddenly appears and claims to be a king, the public immediately asks for proof. What is his background? Who pays homage to him? What credentials can he present? Anticipating these important questions, Matthew opened his book with a careful account of the birth of Jesus Christ and the events that accompanied it.
So, here's what we'll learn in Matthew 1 about Jesus Christ.
He is the Son of David- this represents His royalty and His rightful place as King
He is the Son of Man- this represents His humanity and His relationship to us as a man
He is the Son of God- this represents His deity and His role as God the Son
*The family tree is a very interesting thing. If you don't believe me, take some time and go to your family reunion. My great aunt made the effort a long time ago to put down the Perdue family lineage. Our genealogy. I hold in my hand a history of my family from 1882-1984. What a phenomenal work…here's our family picture from 1984. Are you related to the chicken people? I don't know…read the book!*
Genealogies were very important to the Jews, for without them they could not prove their tribal memberships or their rights to inheritances. Anyone claiming to be ''the Son of David'' had to be able to prove it. READ 1-17
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