Matt. 1: The Genealogy of King Jesus


Jesus: Liar, Lunatic, or Lord

In today’s lesson, we continue our study of the book of Matthew and start in with verse 1 of chapter 1. In the next couple of lessons, we look at the genealogy of Jesus. What’s that, you say it sounds like pretty boring stuff? Well, on the surface, yes. But as we saw in yesterday’s lesson, Matthew pulls together great prophecies given to mankind over the course of 2,000 years predicting a Messiah, a Savior from our sins. If Jesus does not meet all the prescribed prophecies and criteria for the promised Messiah as he claimed, we have to conclude one or more of the following:

  • The Old Testament Scriptures were inaccurate (and therefore not the Word of God);
  • Jesus was a liar when he claimed to be the promised Messiah;
  • Jesus was a lunatic, believing He was the Messiah when only a common man.

On the other hand, if all the prophetic Scriptures predicting a Messiah are consistent and correct, and if Jesus fully meets the prerequisites of the Messiah, then we need to fall down and worship Him.

Not sure about all that? Well, then follow our studies in Matthew with an open mind and an open heart. If anything will convince you that Jesus is the promised Savior, this study will.

Outline: “Behold Your King”

Matthew presents the Lord Jesus Christ as the King of Kings:

  1. Person of the King: Chapters 1, 2
  2. Preparation of the King: Chapters 3:1 — 4:16
  3. Propaganda of the King: Chapters 4:17 — 9:35
  4. Program of the King: Chapters 9:36 — 16:20
  5. Passion of the King: Chapters 16:21 — 27:66
  6. Power of the King: Chapter 28

There is a progression in Matthew from the first chapter through the twenty-eighth. You must know Matthew to understand the Bible. You can no more understand the Bible without understanding the Gospel of Matthew than you can write without an alphabet.

Get Plugged Into God’s Plan Today

By way of reminder, if you are uncertain of your standing with God, then go to Him right now to start your eternal relationship with Him. His free gift of eternal life and sanctification in Christ is there for the asking. Once you have taken that first step of salvation, our study in Matthew will get you well on your way to a loving and lasting relationship with the Almighty God who is seeking your friendship.

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