This Christmas season, we ask the question, “Who is Jesus Christ?” In Matthew 1, Matthew answers the question through a genealogy. A genealogy is the tracing of the family line; a list of generational families. Only Matthew begins his gospel with a genealogy of forty generations.
If someone asks you today, “Who is Jesus Christ?,” would you answer by saying, “The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ.” That is how Matthew answers the question, “Who is Jesus Christ?” But Matthew is writing to the Jews. To the Jews, family history is very significant. In Matthew’s genealogy, he presents Jesus as the Messiah. Let us dig deeper into Matthew’s presentation of Christ here in Chapter 1.