“And Asaph begat Josaphat; and Josaphat begat Joram; and Joram begat Uzziah; and Uzziah begat Joatham; and Joatham begat Ahaz; and Ahaz begat Hezekiah” (Matthew 1:8-9). Many devout Bible reader’s eyes have glazed over by the midpoint of the genealogy of Christ in Matthew 1. Even though we understand that who fathered who is important because it’s included in the Bible, the generational heritage that spans the first sixteen verses of Matthew is not a page-turner.
In this season of Advent as we expectantly, “wait for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ (Titus 2:13),” let’s reflect on how He came to us. There is a temptation to devalue the genealogy of Christ and even skip it altogether. What can we learn from examining this family tree? Let us consider how the lineage of Christ reflects what God values.