TEXT: Matthew 1:6-11:
6 And Jesse begat David the king; and David the king begat Solomon of her that had been the wife of Urias;
7 And Solomon begat Roboam; and Roboam begat Abia; and Abia begat Asa;
8 And Asa begat Josaphat; and Josaphat begat Joram; and Joram begat Ozias;
9 And Ozias begat Joatham; and Joatham begat Achaz; and Achaz begat Ezekias;
10 And Ezekias begat Manasses; and Manasses begat Amon; and Amon begat Josias;
11 And Josias begat Jechonias and his brethren, about the time they were carried away to Babylon:
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 14.
Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “An era in human history is the life of Jesus, and its immense influence for good leaves all the perversion and superstition that has accrued almost harmless.”
Matthew divides his record of the lineage of Jesus into three sets of fourteen generations each. “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.” The history of Jesus Christ, as it pertains to Him becoming a part of the human race, had a beginning, a middle, and an end.
Craig S. Keener said, “By evoking great heroes of the past, Matthew reminds his audience of the ultimate hero of Israel’s history to whom all those stories pointed. Matthew makes this point clear in the opening words of his genealogy: a record of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, literally, the ‘book of the genesis of Jesus Christ.’ Genealogies like those in Genesis typically list a person’s descendants rather than his ancestors. Matthew’s point here is profound: so much is Jesus the focal point of history that his ancestors depend on him for their meaning. In other words, God sovereignly directed the history of Israel and preserved David’s line because of his plan to send Jesus. Matthew’s genealogy unifies the defining periods of Israel’s history and points them to Jesus.”
The Abrahamic generations were days full of promise. God was just getting started with His people, the children of Israel. He began with one man who was wealthy by the standards of that day. Although he and his wife were barren, God worked a miracle, giving them a child in their old age. That child, Isaac — later called Israel, was the grandfather of twelve sons who would be the heads of the twelve tribes of Israel. From this large family, God raised up a nation that, one day, took over the Promised Land.
The Davidic generations began as days of the fulfillment of the promise. Thanks to David’s military campaigns, the nation was securely established in its land. Solomon followed, bringing in Israel’s glory days. Under this king uniquely gifted with God’s wisdom, the nation prospered and flourished. Her people, her king, and her God were spoken of abroad with respect, wonder, and reverence. But with the death of Solomon, the glory days faded, and his son Rehoboam launched the nation on what Milton called ‘the easy descent into Hell.’
The nation began to turn to idolatry, worshipping false gods and disobeying God’s laws. Their rebellion brought God’s wrath down on them. They were conquered by Babylon, their nation was destroyed, and they were taken away into captivity.
The generations of the captivity went through some of the darkest days the Jews had ever experienced. Stranded in a foreign land, they grappled with the consequences of their collective disobedience. After seventy years in exile, many of the Jews returned to their homeland, but things would never be the same. They attempted to restore the status of the nation, but constant wars and strife made this impossible.
After the death of Alexander the Great who had conquered the then-known world, his empire was divided up among his four generals. Time after time, the land that belonged to the Jews became the site of military clashes between what Daniel prophetically called the “king of the north” in Syria and the “king of the south” in Egypt. Then the Romans came, crushing the Greek kings, but also crushing the Jews. Repeated rebellions by Jewish zealots and revolutionaries were put down.
On top of all that, the nation went through 400 years of silence from God. During this time — the four centuries immediately prior to the revealing of Christ as the Lamb of God — we have no record of prophets, miracles, or special revelation in the Bible or in extrabiblical sources. It was a dark time. And in some ways, the children of Israel were still in captivity.
It was into these times that Jesus was born: times of anxiety and hope for the Jews. It was into this nation that Jesus was born: a nation with a turbulent history, one that had been at the pinnacle of worldly prestige, but had tumbled and repeatedly been thrust underfoot by foreign powers due to their disobedeince. It was into this people that Jesus was born: the culmination of over forty generations of family drama.
God did not shy away from the distress of His people. However, Jesus was not simply the next man in the generational line. He came to transcend the drama, the turmoil, and the anxiety of His people’s history. Jesus came to remind not only the Jews, but all people, of the plan and promises of God — that one day the seed of a woman would arise to crush the head of the serpent. Jesus came to let the world know that God still intends to establish the throne and kingdom of David forever. He came to declare that “a greater than Solomon is here,” a king who would rule in righteousness and justice for all people. Jesus came bringing the glad tidings of salvation. He came to “bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound.”
All of the previous generations that had come and gone were leading up to the day when Jesus was born, a day when God drew near to His people in all their human faults and foibles. And not only drew near them, but became one of them.
Look back over your own life, over the generations of your family. You will find the same things that we find in the genealogy of Jesus: ordinary people getting through this thing called life. Sometimes sinning; sometimes fighting with each other; sometimes stumbling, falling, and getting back up; sometimes achieving great success; sometimes utter failure, despairing; sometimes giving up. But just as God drew near to the Israelite family, He draws near to you and your family. He sent Jesus so that He — and you in Him — could overcome your family’s faults, your family’s sin, your own sin, and the punishment of sin. He proclaims to you as He proclaimed to the Jews, ‘Now is the acceptable time. Now is the day of salvation.’
Jesus came so that you could be saved no matter what lies in your family’s past or in your past. He came to let people know that there is a better way to live. And that better way is found in Him who is the Truth, the Way, and the Life. Here is how you can place your faith and trust in Him 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.