Matthew 1: Jesus is King

  • If you missed Sunday’s sermon (19 December) you can listen to it here.

Matthew 1:1 contains four descriptions of Jesus that each contain an important message for us.

“This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah the son of David, the son of Abraham.”

FIRST: The first is the name “Jesus”.  According to 1:21 an angel told Joseph to name his son Jesus because, “he will save his people from their sins.”  The Hebrew name itself means, “The Lord saves.”  Right at the beginning Jesus name also contains his mission statement for life.

SECOND: The name Christ in this verse is actually better translated, “Messiah”.  Matthew wants his readers to know that the person he’s introducing is the long awaited king and deliverer of Israel.

THIRD: The Jews believed that the Messiah would be a descendant from the genealogy of King David.  In 2 Samuel 7:12-16 God promised David that his kingdom and throne would endure forever. So it’s no surprise that immediately after announcing Jesus to be the Messiah, he also states that Jesus is a son or descendant of David.

FOURTH: Matthew next states that Jesus is a son of Abraham.  In some ways, this is stating the obvious, since a son of David must also be a son of Abraham, so there’s a deeper reason for making this connection to Abraham.  First, God made his initial covenant to create a nation with Abraham.  But also, while David was a very Jewish figure, in Genesis 12:3 God promised to bless all the nations of the earth through Abraham’s descendants.  So Matthew reminds his readers of God’s covenants to bless Israel, but also to bless the rest of the world.

From the very first verse Matthew makes clear that Jesus is a king.  He further emphasises this point by being the only Gospel to include the story of the magi, or wise men, traveling to pay homage to a new king (2:1-12).

  • How does the title of King influence your relationship with Jesus?
  • What implications does the kingship of Jesus have for our lives?
  • Since kings are largely out of fashion these days, what title might Jesus assume if he were born now instead of then?

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