December 18, 2019

Jesus’ Ancestors (1:1-17) – Part Three

This critical heritage was of huge import to later biblical writers. Listen to Peter, as he speaks to thousands in Jerusalem on the Day of Pentecost in Acts 2:29-36:

“Fellow Israelites, I can tell you confidently that the patriarch David died and was buried, and his tomb is here to this day. But he was a prophet and knew that God had promised him on oath that he would place one of his descendants on the throne. Seeing what was to come, he spoke of the resurrection of the Messiah, that he was not abandoned to the realm of the dead nor did his body see decay. God has raised this Jesus to Life, and we are all witnesses of it… Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.”

Or, Paul, in Romans 1:2-4, where he refers to,

“the gospel he (God) promised beforehand through his prophets in the Holy Scriptures regarding his Son who as to his earthly life was a descendant¬†of David, and who through the Spirit of holiness was appointed the Son of God in power…”

Then there’s John in the Revelation, 22:16, where Jesus says,

“I, Jesus… am the Root and Offspring of David and the bright Morning Star.”