TEXT: Matthew 1:1-6:
1 The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.
2 Abraham begat Isaac; and Isaac begat Jacob; and Jacob begat Judas and his brethren;
3 And Judas begat Phares and Zara of Thamar; and Phares begat Esrom; and Esrom begat Aram;
4 And Aram begat Aminadab; and Aminadab begat Naasson; and Naasson begat Salmon;
5 And Salmon begat Booz of Rachab; and Booz begat Obed of Ruth; and Obed begat Jesse;
6 And Jesse begat David the king; and David the king begat Solomon of her that had been the wife of Urias;
After preaching the Gospel every day for 367 days straight throughout the 2016 presidential campaign season, I am preaching the Gospel every day throughout the first 100 days of President Donald Trump’s term. If you think a new president being in office is the only thing needed to save America and ‘make America great again’, you are woefully deceived. The church must follow through and “keep the main thing the main thing: and that is reaching unbelievers with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and praying for their salvation, for the problem in America is not only disobedient presidents, politicians, and people, but disobedient pastors, preachers, and parishioners who have refused to obey the Lord’s Great Commission which is to, ‘Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature,’ and who have refused to obey God’s repeated commands to ‘pray without ceasing’ for unbelievers, believers, and political leaders.” So, we encourage you to pray for the new president, but not to get caught up in the political happenings like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord. And that is what this campaign is all about.
This campaign is inspired by the following three verses: 1 Corinthians 2:2 which says, “For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” Acts 5:42 which says, “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” And 2 Timothy 2:4 which says, “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”
This series is not for Christians necessarily. However, I do hope you are one of those saints who still loves to hear the “Old, old story of Jesus and His love” — As another hymn says, “For those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.” This series is primarily for unbelievers, so they can hear and understand the Gospel and be saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell. This is message number 11.
David Livingstone said, “I will place no value on anything I have or may possess except in relation to the Kingdom of Christ.”
Typically, when we look at the life of Jesus Christ, we begin with His birth in the manger at Bethlehem. But the Bible teaches that Jesus’ history stretches from the eternal past to the eternal future. He is from everlasting to everlasting.
In light of His eternality, it is even more remarkable that He would intertwine Himself with the human race as recorded here in Matthew 1. In this “book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ,” we find people from all walks of life — shepherds and farmers, nomads and kings, soldiers and carpenters. We will never know anything about most of the people named, but they each had lives just as complex and interesting as our own. The Bible’s historical record provides us some insight into the lives of a few of these characters. We have already looked at the life of Abraham and what it means in light of the coming of Christ into the world. Then, we looked at the lives of Rahab, Ruth, and Bathsheba, and what their inclusion in the lineage of the Savior tells us about God’s willingness to allow sinners and outsiders into His family.
Now we turn our attention to David. Both Rahab and Ruth were direct ancestors of David; Bathsheba became his wife while he was king and gave birth to Solomon, the heir.
Before being anointed king of Israel, David was just a shepherd keeping watch over his family’s flocks. Yet, even then, he showed courage and great faith in God. He went up against Goliath, defeated the giant, and became a national hero. He grew in stature and favor with the people of Israel; however, King Saul repeatedly tried to kill him. After being on the run from Saul for years, David ascended to the throne after Saul’s death, becoming the greatest king Israel would ever know. God was pleased with David’s desire to build a permanent house of worship for Him in Jerusalem, and He sent His prophet Nathan to deliver a message. God told David, among other things, “I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom for ever. Thy house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever before thee: thy throne shall be established for ever.”
At first, this Davidic Covenant found its fulfillment in Solomon. But the fact that Solomon died, that the kingdom was divided, and that the era of kings in Israel eventually came to an end, makes the fulfillment of this covenant appear problematic. Charles Colson wrote, “How could David’s family and right to rule endure eternally? Only God Himself has such staying power. The answer must be found in the fact that David’s greater Son — Christ Jesus Himself — is the only One who can fulfill these words. Thus when the angel Gabriel announced to Mary that she had been chosen by God to bear the Messiah, he indicated that His birth would fulfill this covenant made with David long ago and that this fulfillment through Christ would have eternal implications for the people of God and the whole earth.”
As Matthew’s genealogy of Jesus shows us, Jesus Christ is indeed a descendant of David — not just in a metaphorical sense, but in a literal sense. Scholars have pointed out that part of the reason why Matthew wrote His Gospel was to convince the Jews that Jesus was not just Savior and Messiah but King. R.T. France said, “Matthew cannot set aside the theme of kingship in Jesus’ ministry. For him, Jesus is the true king. In the genealogy, Jesus’ royal ancestry is emphasized. In Matthew, Jesus’ kingship is described in terms used in the Old Testament for that of God himself. Jesus fulfils the institution of kingship in the Old Testament; he is the ‘son of David’ and the one who is ‘greater than Solomon.’ The Gospel reaches its climax in the declaration of Jesus’ universal sovereignty.”
Of course, at the time of Jesus’ first advent, He did not come to establish the physical kingdom of David on earth. He came to establish the spiritual kingdom of God in the hearts of those who would choose to follow Him. One could say that Jesus came to sign people up to enter the kingdom that would one day come. Jesus wants to make sure that you are able to enjoy His physical kingdom. That is the purpose of this Gospel. And the only way you can be a part of the kingdom of God is to make Jesus the King of your heart today.
Daniel W. Whittle wrote:
Have you any room for Jesus,
He who bore your load of sin?
As He knocks and asks admission,
Sinners, will you let Him in?
Have you any room for Jesus,
As in grace He calls again?
O today is time accepted,
Tomorrow you may call in vain.
Room for Jesus, King of Glory!
Hasten now His Word obey;
Swing the heart’s door widely open,
Bid Him enter while you may.
The day may come when it is too late for you to bow your heart to Jesus Christ. You can join His kingdom now by placing your faith and trust in Him and His finished work on the cross. Here is how you can do that today:
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please email me at email@example.com and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.
He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.
He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.