Matthew 1:1-17 and Luke 3:23-38 list the genealogy of Jesus. Studying the genealogy of Jesus can be boring. But do you know there are a lot of great lessons we can learn from the genealogy of Christ? These lessons will help us see why it is important for us to study the genealogy of Jesus and why it has been recorded and kept for us to study.
In this post, let me share with you the top 10 lessons we can learn from the Genealogy of Jesus.
1. Genealogy proves the messiahship of Jesus.
If you are going to trust your salvation to someone, you better know the credential of that person, right? In this case, the genealogy helps us see the credential of His messiahship. If we want to make sure if Jesus is truly the promised Messiah, then we should read his genealogy.
2. The genealogy shows how the life of Jesus fulfilled the Messianic prophecies.
Biblical prophecies tell us that the Messiah should come from the line of David and the seed of Abraham. Studying the genealogy of Christ will help us trace the His roots and prove that He indeed originates from the kingly line and house of David.
3. The genealogies of Christ recorded in Matthew and Luke are both accurate.
Some Bible skeptics would point to the discrepancies of Matthew’s and Luke’s genealogy account as a proof that the Bible contains error and thus, not the infallible word of God. While it is true that there are differences in both accounts, we can have the confidence that there is a way to solve this problem.
The difference between the Matthew’s and Luke’s account can easily be explained. Matthew traces the genealogy of Joseph while Luke traces the genealogy of Mary.
For one, the Jews are careful when it comes to recording their genealogies and they will be more cautious when documenting the genealogies of prominent figures especially that of King David.
Matthew and Luke have different purposes in writing the genealogies of Christ. Both accounts are genuine and accurate, but they were just written in various perspective. Therefore, we can trust the recorded genealogies of Christ in Matthew and Luke.
4. The genealogy of Christ points to the sovereignty of God.
Genealogies can span many years and generations. God has already determined the future events before they even come to pass (Isaiah 46:8-11). Anything can happen to disrupt the genealogy of Christ, but this did not occur. God makes sure that His purpose will be fulfilled. Since we have the genealogy of Christ perfectly recorded according to the will of God, we can conclude that God truly is all-powerful and is able to change history to fulfill His purpose and complete His plan.
5. God’s timing is perfect.
Why does God have to wait for hundreds of years to reveal the Messiah? Why not earlier or later? In God’s infinite wisdom and knowledge, He knows the BEST time for everything.
The genealogy of Christ tells us that God’s timing is perfect – never early, never late. It means that we can always rely on God that He will meet our needs according to His perfect time and will. We should always wait on God and have the confidence that His answer to our prayer is always for our best interest.
6. God always keep His word.
God has already determined to send a Savior to redeem the whole of humanity. Thousands of years may pass, we can be confident that God will keep His word. God promised that He would send the Messiah at the right time. The genealogy of Christ proves that He is the son of Abraham and David – just like what God has said thousands of years ago.
7. The Genealogy of Christ shows us that salvation is also of the Gentiles.
It is crucial to note that the genealogy of Christ includes two women: Rahab, the harlot, and Ruth, the Moabites. These women are not originally part of the commonwealth of Israel and yet, they were given the privilege of being part of the lineage of Christ, the Savior of mankind.
God’s plan of salvation also includes Gentiles and it is not just limited to the nation of Israel. This has been the plan of God ever since and now, the death of Christ has opened the gate of salvation to the Gentile nations.
8. God uses both righteous and unrighteous people to fulfill His purpose.
If you notice, the names mentioned in the genealogy of Christ are not all righteous people. Some are wicked kings and sinful personalities in the Bible. This shows us that God can use all circumstances, including human weaknesses, to fulfill His purpose.
9. The genealogy shows us the tremendous humility of Christ.
Jesus is a God in the flesh, and He is willing to go down our level just to save us from the penalty of sin. He did not come as a conquering King but a baby in the manger. He was willing to strip himself of all the divine power of a God and live a simple life as a human being (Philippians 2:5-8).
10. The genealogy proves the authenticity and historicity of the Bible.
The genealogy of Christ is not just a mere list of people. They are actually a list of individuals who have existed in history. This is a bold challenge to all skeptics. The Bible is truly the Word of God and is not afraid to list names that could have easily refuted if false. Only people who say the truth will put up a list like this. Because of the strong confidence of Matthew and Luke to the genealogies of Christ, they have included it in their writings.
These are the top 10 lessons that we can learn from the genealogy of Christ found in Matthew 1:1-17 and Luke 3:23-38. Learning these lessons will help us strengthen our faith that Jesus are truly the Messiah and God is truly the Father, who makes sure His purpose will be fulfilled.