Tuesday, December 19, 2017

genealogies and the gospel

I was reading Timothy Keller's Hidden Christmas: The Surprising Truth Behind the Birth of Christ recently, when I came across a powerful discussion of—of all things!—the genealogy of Jesus in Matthew chapter 1. This is the kind of stuff you usually want to skip over, the pinnacle of boring Bible readings, right?

Maybe not.
Keller takes a closer look at some of the names Matthew chose to include (and exclude) and the stories behind these names, and uses this list to paint a beautiful picture of the gospel.

Here's how he wraps up:
      There is no one, then, not even the greatest human being, who does not need the grace of Jesus Christ. And there is no one, not even the worst human being, who can fail to receive the grace of Jesus Christ if there is repentance and faith.
      In Jesus Christ, prostitute and king, male and female, Jew and Gentile, one race and another race, moral and immoral - all sit down as equals. Equally sinful and lost, equally accepted and loved. In the old King James Bible, this chapter is filled with "the begats" - "So and so begat so and so. . . ." Boring? No. The grace of God is so pervasive that even the begats of the Bible are dripping with God's mercy.
(Hidden Christmas, 33)

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