Matthew wrote his account of Jesus to awaken the faith of the Jews and to strengthen the faith of Jewish and Gentile Christians in the first Christian communities. He minced no words when he boldly began his account by claiming Jesus is the Messiah (Matt. 1:1). Matthew began proving his claim by tracing Jesus’ lineage back to Father Abraham and King David, through whom the promised Messiah would come (Gen. 12:3; 2 Sam. 7:11-16). Matthew 1:16 dramatically hints at the unique, divine origin and identity of Jesus. Joseph did not “father” Jesus as all the others in the genealogy “fathered” their sons (Matt. 1:2-15). Instead, Joseph is listed as “the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born” (1:16). Joseph was not the biological father of Jesus but the legal, adoptive father of Jesus by whom Jesus has legal right to the throne of David. Thus, God kept His promises to Israel of sending the Messiah.
What promises of God do you need to cling to this season?