The People Before Christ

How do you pick a book? Is it the cover? Or maybe the title? Perhaps it’s what you read on the back of the book. Someone said that you can never underestimate the power of a good opening line. If that’s the case, when you read the opening sentence of Matthew, you may wonder whether the book is worth continuing since it opens with a list of names in a genealogy. Yet, when you give it in-depth scrutiny, you begin to understand how important the genealogies are, especially in the line of Christ. Their identities give us a window into the past but help to verify the accuracy of the historical records and substantiate that Jesus is the Messiah. The impact from the genealogies reveals both the humanity and deity of Jesus, but also gives us the purpose that Jesus came to save us.