by Jerry Watts

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Teachings From The Christ Child (2 of 4)
Series: Christmas - God's Way
Jerry Watts
Matthew 1:1-16

• (Faith Hill's "A Baby Changes Everything") The song says, "A baby changes everything" which is a true statement. When a baby comes into a home life is never the same and because of that young life the world is different. We all have been witness to a baby being born to a young couple or even adopted by a couple and the entirety of their existence was markedly changed by that one little life.
• It was into a world of darkness that the Christ child came. He came to bring light to the darkness and hope to the world. Colossians tells us that "Christ in us is the HOPE of glory."
• 1 Peter 1:3 say "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. According to His great mercy, He has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,"
• This baby is our hope, peace, joy, and salvation. He came to bring life from death, darkness to light, and to bring hope from our hopelessness. He is Jesus the baby, the lamb, and Jesus the king.
• Now, let's return to our text with the truth that He came to bring hope firmly place in our mind and let's examine our text. Isn't this an exciting text? It is a genealogy. As a general rule, most of us skip over these extended 'begats' and 'fathered' passages of scripture. However, in this one we find something very interesting. When we take into account that Matthew penned his letter in a culture that was highly patriarchal and women had few, if any, rights; it is amazing (at least to me) that 5 women are found listed among the 42 generations of men. Now for today this would be considered 'discrimination' but in that day, it was unheard of. For any females to be listed was almost unimaginable. Yet, here they are, five of them in all.
• For years, this truth passed me by. Yet, could it be that even in His genealogy that the Christ child was attempting to teach us ...

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