Rob Newton: The Genealogy of Christ


This week Rob spoke to us on the Genealogy of Christ. It was a real treat and we’ve managed to capture everything except the powerpoint!

They are included below.

SERMON – To listen to the sermon click here:

VIDEO – The youtube video is on the following link:

Sermon notes – Introduction

Walking through Jesus’ family history helps us discover more about Jesus, the character of God and also about what that means for who God thinks we are.

2 Tim 3:16 – All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,

Easy to skip by genealogies. 1 Tim tells us that all this stuff is true and it is useful, profitable.

There are lots of genealogies in the bible – Genesis. Book of Numbers. Beginning of 1 Chron. End of 2 Chron. Ezra.
Genealogies shows its importance as a historical text (and a census at times).

The main point – Jesus is messiah! God has worked out his purposes.

Differences between Matthew and Luke

Between David and Jesus, the only names the genealogies have in common are Shealtiel and Zerubbabel. Matthew traces the genealogy from Jesus to Abraham. Luke traces the genealogy from Jesus to Adam. We could go all day playing spot the difference between Matthew and Luke. Need to focus on the main point. Their main point is that Jesus is Messiah.

Their main point

Matthew verse 1 and Luke verse 38:

Son of David = Jesus is king.
Son of Abraham = Jesus is a Jew and is here to bring blessing
Son of Adam = Jesus is a man.
Son of God = Jesus is God.
Everything points to this Jesus is Messiah.

This Messiah that we’ve heard spoken of. 2 Samuel 7:12&13 gives God’s promise to David: When your days are fulfilled and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring after you, who shall come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever

Through all this history, all this turmoil, exile, rejection, wandering, God has worked out his purposes. He has kept his promises. Jesus is Messiah. Gods’ kingdom has come.


The secondary point – God works out his purposes in individual’s lives

Lots of people to mention. Pick out 4 women. Unusual for Matthew to mention women in his genealogy.

They are:

  • Tamar (verse 3) (mentioned in Genesis 38)
  • Rahab (verse 5) (mentioned in Joshua)
  • Ruth (verse 5) (told in the book of Ruth)
  • Bathsheba (verse 6 as Uriah’s wife) (2 Samuel)

They all give stories of faith and courage. They are all exceptional stories in their own right. But they are way more exceptional in what they led to.

Would they have had any idea what their lives would lead to? They were all in desperate situations. In all of their lives, sometimes because of them and sometimes in spite of them God was working out his purposes. God was so much more faithful to them. More than they could imagine, and as it turned out way beyond what they would understand in their lifetimes.

We need to remember that there are a whole load of things where we don’t know what God will do with it. Whole load of things that have happened which we may have no awareness of or they will continue to have an impact way beyond us leaving this world. Whatever our situation, however seemingly pointless or hopeless God is faithful and he will work out his purposes in his individual lives.

In addition to this we have to remember that we are counted in God’s family and we are part of his big story.




  • We live on the other side of the resurrection


Today we live on the other side of the resurrection. Because of his status he is the rightful Messiah. Because of his actions in life and in death he is our saviour. Uniquely amongst all people before him, Jesus had his faithfulness credited to him as righteousness. And God looks on us, remembers the faithfulness of Jesus and rescues us. His faithfulness is credited to us as righteousness!


  1. “Who do you say I am?”

Jesus asks a number of people during his lifetime this question. He asks it to his friend and disciple Peter. He answers: “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”

Jesus calls him blessed in response.

This Christmas that’s the question we’re being asked. Who do you say I am?

He is Jesus and He is Messiah. We can be confident that this is true because it is written in history. We can be confident that this is significant because of what it means. It means he is sovereign, he is graceful, he is victorious, he is faithful and he will rescue. It means our lives have meaning and they have hope.

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