“Infinite, and an infant. Eternal, and yet born of a woman…Supporting a universe, and yet needing to be carried in a mother’s arms. King of angels, and yet the reputed son of Joseph. Heir of all things, and yet the carpenter’s despised son.” — Charles Spurgeon
William Barclay says, “Matthew’s picture of Jesus is of the man born to be King. Jesus walks through his pages as if in the purple and gold of royalty.”
Psalm 2:2-3: “The kings of the earth rise up and the rulers band together against the Lord and against his anointed, saying, 3 “Let us break their chains and throw off their shackles…”
Psalm 2:10-12: “Therefore, you kings, be wise; be warned, you rulers of the earth.11 Serve the Lord with fear and celebrate his rule with trembling.12 Kiss his son, or he will be angry and your way will lead to your destruction, for his wrath can flare up in a moment. Blessed are all who take refuge in him.”
TEXT: Matthew 1:1-6; 17
So, what does this teach us about Jesus’ royalty and kingship?
It reveals three important aspects. It reveals the…(1.Credibility; 2. Diversity 3. Redemption)
1. Credibility (v.1)
“The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.”
“There are those who argue that Jesus is a figment of the Church’s imagination, that there never was a Jesus at all. I have to say that I do not know any respectable critical scholar who says that anymore.” — Richard A Burridge
2. Diversity (v.3;5-6)
“…and Judah the father of Perez and Zerah by Tamar…5 and Salmon the father of Boaz by Rahab, and Boaz the father of Obed by Ruth and Obed the father of Jesse, 6 and Jesse the father of David the king. And David was the father of Solomon by the wife of Uriah…”
3. Redemption (v.17)
“So all the generations from Abraham to David were fourteen generations, and from David to the deportation to Babylon fourteen generations, and from the deportation to Babylon to the Christ fourteen generations.”
“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.” – Isaiah 9:2
TAKEAWAYS: How do we respond?
- Have you embraced the King?
“There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, “Thy will be done,” and those to whom God says, in the end, “Thy will be done.” — CS Lewis
- Could you believe that He embraces you?
“So now Jesus and the ones he makes holy have the same Father. That is why Jesus is not ashamed to call them his brothers and sisters.” — Hebrews 2:11