I’m doing an advent series in my Facebook group based on the suggested readings from a little scratch-off advent calendar that came in the mail. Since I’m attempting to apply the readings to the lives of my group members, this particular reading was quite a challenge. Let me know if you think I manage it!
Matthew 1:1-2 “An account of the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah, 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 and his brothers,”
Why are we stopping MID-sentence? This, I can’t answer for sure, but I can assume (uh-oh!) that whoever created this advent calendar wasn’t overly concerned with the extended genealogy of Jesus–which is where this chapter leads if you keep reading. What we are supposed to catch here is that Matthew refers to Jesus as the Messiah and the son of David. This is important because Isaiah (the prophet who predicted the coming of the Messiah 700 years before) said the Messiah would come from the house of David.
This is Matthew’s way of saying, “You want proof that this is the Messiah? Here you go. Now you have proof.” Let’s face it, if we are going to give any validity to Jesus’ teachings, it helps if we know who we’re listening to. I can tell you to love your enemies, forgive them 70×7 times and turn the other cheek so they can slap you again, but when these things are coming from the person who was sent here to SAVE you–THE Messiah sent by God–well, that carries a little more weight, doesn’t it?
Let’s look at this word Messiah for a minute. Messiah by definition means 1) the promised deliverer of the Jewish nation prophesied in the Hebrew Bible, and 2) a leader or savior of a particular group or cause. If we don’t think Jesus the Messiah applies to us, it’s likely because we don’t recognize what it is he is saving us from. After all, if you’re not being persecuted by Pharaoh or if you don’t believe in a fiery place called Hell where your soul goes to burn for all eternity, then *POOF* you are instantly no longer in need of a savior who will rescue you from these things. But, if you recognize that you can be in Hell right here on earth, and that following the teachings of Jesus can rescue you from conflict by bringing peace, sorrow by bringing joy, poverty by bringing contentment, evil by bringing righteousness, hatred by bringing love and offense by bringing forgiveness, THEN you might want to take a deeper look at this Messiah.
Are you ready to experience the riches of the kingdom of God here on earth? Where are conflict, sorrow, poverty, evil, hatred and pain holding you back? How can you increase your levels of peace, joy, contentment, righteousness, love and forgiveness?
Happiest of Holidays to you!
Much love and many blessings,
If you would love to explore this further, join my Facebook community- The Spirit-Guided Life with Gina Medvedz.