If you’ve landed here you may have seen the video that displays the genealogy of Jesus Christ. If you haven’t, here’s the link: Genealogy Of Jesus.
It’s true that most of us would like to know who our ancestors are. Evidence of this is the success of companies specializing in ancestry searches. In 2012, the company that owns the ancestry.com website agreed to a 1.6 billion dollar buyout. Last year the same company was valued at 2.6 billion, an increase of a billion dollars in five years.
There’s more. Who Do You Think You Are, a genealogy television series, is now in its ninth season. Internet genealogy magazines are everywhere. One of them, Family Tree Magazine, is currently running the advertisement “Find your ancestors with one simple DNA test--Only $69.” Similar ads appear on television where happy people dress up in the garb of their DNA suggested ancestors.
While we don’t need to show a family tree in order to prove our identity (a driver’s license, passport, or other source of identification will suffice), in the case of Jesus Christ, genealogy is of the utmost importance. According to the Bible, the Messiah must come from the line of David. Anyone not of the line of David cannot be the Messiah.
John 7:42 – “Has not the Scripture said that the Christ comes from the seed of David and from the town of Bethlehem, where David was?”
Isaiah 9:6-7 – “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever.”
Psalm 132:11 – “The Lord has sworn in truth to David; He will not turn from it: ‘I will set upon your throne the fruit of your body.’”
There are two genealogies of Christ shown in the New Testament. One is thought to be that of Mary, the mother of Christ by the virgin birth (Luke 3:23-38), the other of Joseph, the husband of Mary (Matthew 1:1-17). Both genealogies trace Christ’s lineage back to King David.
Besides these genealogies, many Scriptures provide evidence that Jesus is the Messiah, the Savior of mankind. Forty-four appear in the Old Testament alone, all written hundreds of years before the Messiah first appeared on earth. If you haven’t done so already, I encourage you to read these Scriptures. You will find them to be life-changing.