The Right to Rule
“This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah the son of David, the son of Abraham:”
The book of Matthew opens up with the family tree of Jesus. It begins with Abraham, the father of the faith, and ends with Jesus. If there was to be a king then it must start with the proof that he was of the royal line of David. God told David (2 Samuel 7) that the king who would initiate the eternal kingdom would come through his descendant. All of Israel waited from that time forward for the Messiah to come. Now if this new born baby Jesus was to be that king that everyone was waiting for then it had to be established that he was of this royal line of David.
In the book of Luke we also have a genealogy in the third chapter. The difference though is that family tree is the reverse of the one in Matthew. It begins with Jesus and goes all the way back to Adam. In Mathews account it starts with Abraham and ends with Jesus!
I guess what we can surmise is that no matter how you look at it…it all begins and ends with Jesus!
Another interesting thing is that Luke’s genealogy is traced through Mary’s family. Mathew’s genealogy is traced through Joseph’s family line. Because both gospels tell us that the real father of Jesus was the Holy Spirit we know this important fact; the legal (or Royal) lineage was through Joseph but the bloodline of Jesus came through Mary.
What’s the big deal here? Well…consider this, that Jesus is shown to be both in legal terms and in family terms, the rightful heir to the throne of David and therefore the One True Messiah.
This baby whose birth we celebrate at Christmas time, whose coming we look forward to during Advent, has a claim upon each and every one of our lives. He has the right to rule not only over all of creation as the One and Only Son of God but also has the right to rule in each of our hearts.
I trust that during this Advent season you will draw closer to Him in every way…and once again enlarge the place that He holds in your heart.