JESUS CHANGES EVERYTHING
The Story of Scripture, part 24
Matthew 1 - 2, ESV
David Platt, MBC Pastor-Teacher | August 4, 2019
The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.
JESUS REDEFINES HISTORY.
Ever since the beginning of the Bible, God promised a Messiah.
I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.
He is the offspring from woman who has come to conquer sin and Satan. He is the offspring from David who has come to reign as King forever.
2 SAMUEL 7:12 – 13
When your days are fulfilled and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring after you, who shall come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.
2 SAMUEL 7:16
And your house and your kingdom shall be made sure forever before me. Your throne shall be established forever.
ISAIAH 9:6 – 7
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this.
JEREMIAH 23:5 – 6
Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. In his days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell securely. And this is the name by which he will be called: “The LORD is our righteousness.”
EZEKIEL 37:24 – 25
My servant David shall be king over them, and they shall all have one shepherd. They shall walk in my rules and be careful to obey my statutes. They shall dwell in the land that I gave to my servant Jacob, where your fathers lived. They and their children and their children’s children shall dwell there forever, and David my servant shall be their prince forever.
2 groups of 14. The geanology was skipped over with generations. So Mathew doesn't actually go over all the generations.
So all the generations from Abraham to David were fourteen generations, and from David to the deportation to Babylon fourteen generations, and from the deportation to Babylon to the Christ fourteen generations.
GENESIS 12:1 – 3
Now the LORD said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.
GENESIS 23:4 – 6
Behold, my covenant is with you, and you shall be the father of a multitude of nations. No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham, for I have made you the father of a multitude of nations. I will make you exceedingly fruitful, and I will make you into nations, and kings shall come from you.
GENESIS 17:15 – 16
And God said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name. I will bless her, and moreover, I will give you a son by her. I will bless her, and she shall become nations; kings of peoples shall come from her.”
The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet, until tribute comes to him; and to him shall be the obedience of the peoples.
MATTHEW 1:1 – 2
The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah . . .
He is the offspring from Abraham who has come to bless all the nations.
JESUS REUNITES HUMANITY.
MATTHEW 2:1 – 11
Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the
east came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet: ‘And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.’” Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star had appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child, and when you have found him, bring me word, that I too may come and worship him.” After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh.
It never says there were only 3 of them.
It was in the summer.
Most likely a caravan.
Not just star gazers, but old testament work.
NUMBERS 24:15– 17B
And he took up his discourse and said,”The oracle of Balaam the son of Beor, the oracle of the man whose eye is opened, the oracle of him who hears the words of God, and knows the knowledge of the Most High, who sees the vision of the Almighty, falling down with his eyes uncovered: I see him, but not now; I behold him, but not near: a star shall come out of Jacob, and a scepter shall rise out of Israel . . .
He is the King to whom all nature points.
He is the King before whom all nations bow.
TO THOSE WHO ARE CAUGHT IN SIN, JESUS GIVES A FRESH START.
To all who are guilty of iniquity, Jesus [has come to] gives you a new identity.
MATTHEW 1:18 – 21
Now the birth (Genesis is the root word, Jesus is the new Genesis, a new start, a new identity.) of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”
TO THOSE WHO HAVE LOST HEART, JESUS GIVES FRESH HOPE.
Jesus ensures that sin will not define your life.
Jesus ensures that suffering will not be the end of your story.
JESUS IS THE ONE WHOSE PRESENCE WILL NEVER LEAVE YOU ALONE.
MATTHEW 1:22 – 23
All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us).
He is the constant companion your soul craves.
JESUS IS THE ONE WHOSE GUIDANCE WILL NEVER LEAD YOU ASTRAY.
But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days.
2 SAMUEL 5:2B
. . . You shall be shepherd of my people Israel, and you shall be prince over Israel.
He is the wise shepherd your soul needs.
JESUS IS THE ONE WHOSE WORD WILL NEVER LET YOU DOWN.
JEREMIAH 31:15 - 17
A voice is heard in Ramah, lamentation and bitter weeping. Rachel is weeping for her children; she refuses to be comforted for her children, because they are no more. Thus says the LORD: “Keep your voice from weeping, and your eyes from tears, for . . . there is hope for your future . . . “ He is the faithful deliverer your soul desires.
JESUS IS THE ONE WHOSE LOVE IS WORTHY OF YOUR LIFE.
Who believes Jesus is worthy of their life? Jesus will change their lives and Jesus will change the world.
Followers of Jesus are not people for whom Jesus is part of their life.
This isn't following, but patronizing. This is a nominal follower. You shouldn't be a nominal follower.
Followers of Jesus are people for whom Jesus is their life.