“So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David until the carrying away into Babylon are fourteen generations; and from the carrying away into Babylon unto Christ are fourteen generations.” - Matthew 1:17 KJV
A few weeks ago, I shared about Matthew 1:21 and the wonder of Christmas. Today, I want to share about an
often-overlooked part of Jesus’ story - his genealogy (his earthly family tree).
Read the verse above again. So Jesus was descended from Abraham and King David (as well as Ruth, Rahab and Solomon, if you read the full passage), and there are three sets of 14 generations each. Throughout the entire Old Testament, God was preparing for Jesus’ birth. He wove a genealogy that included so many notable people from the Old Testament whose stories you might have studied. All of this to create the perfect set-up so that when the time was right, his son could enter the world as a lowly infant in a manger to save you and I from our sins.
So beautiful. So intentional. So perfect. Take some time today to celebrate Christmas and thank God for the way he orchestrated every tiny detail of Jesus’ birth, because it is incredible! God never ceases to amaze me.