The History of Jesus Christ, Part 1 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 8)
TEXT: Matthew 1:1:
1 The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.
After preaching the Gospel every day for 367 days straight throughout the 2016 presidential campaign season, I am preaching the Gospel every day throughout the first 100 days of President Donald Trump’s term. If you think a new president being in office is the only thing needed to save America and ‘make America great again’, you are woefully deceived. The church must follow through and “keep the main thing the main thing: and that is reaching unbelievers with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and praying for their salvation, for the problem in America is not only disobedient presidents, politicians, and people, but disobedient pastors, preachers, and parishioners who have refused to obey the Lord’s Great Commission which is to, ‘Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature,’ and who have refused to obey God’s repeated commands to ‘pray without ceasing’ for unbelievers, believers, and political leaders.” So, we encourage you to pray for the new president, but not to get caught up in the political happenings like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord. And that is what this campaign is all about.
This campaign is inspired by the following three verses: 1 Corinthians 2:2 which says, “For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” Acts 5:42 which says, “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” And 2 Timothy 2:4 which says, “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”
This series is not for Christians necessarily. However, I do hope you are one of those saints who still loves to hear the “Old, old story of Jesus and His love” — As another hymn says, “For those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.” This series is primarily for unbelievers, so they can hear and understand the Gospel and be saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell. This is message number 8.
Earle W. Crawford said, “The Christian faith is firmly rooted in the incarnation, in the conviction that ‘God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself.’ To believe in Christ is to believe that God has come to earth to dwell with men. In Jesus, we meet the living God. Jesus is more than a religious genius or a holy man or a spiritual pioneer. To believe in Christ is to believe that the living God has come.”
The Man Christ Jesus was born into a society and culture that put great value on one’s family and lineage. Where one came from was more important than where one was at the present moment. In those days, you were considered a nobody if you could not say, “My parents were so-and-so, and my grandparents were so-and-so, and my great grandparents were so-and-so.” God help you if you were born to an unmarried woman and did not know who your father was. Who your ancestors were and who you were related to was very important.
Out of all of the Gospels, Matthew was written primarily for a Jewish audience. Thus, the author was aware of his readers’ expectations, and he begins his Gospel with a genealogy — “the book of the generations of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.” He also sprinkles throughout his opening chapters a number of references to Old Testament prophecies. The Bible Knowledge Commentary states that “Matthew includes approximately 50 direct citations from the Old Testament. In addition, about 75 allusions are made to Old Testament events.” Matthew knew that his people would not accept Jesus Christ on His name alone. They would ask, “Who is His father? What tribe does He belong to? If He is truly the Messiah, does He fulfill the Old Testament prophecies?” Matthew begins answering these questions from the start.
As we look at Jesus’ genealogy, we see that it is traced all the way back to Abraham, the father of the Jewish race and the father of all who have faith in God, according to the Apostle Paul. It is significant that Jesus is a descendant of Abraham because God told Abraham, “In thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed.” During the first century, the Jews were expecting a Messiah, a Savior for their nation alone. But God planned to bless all nations through the coming of the Messiah.
Dr. John Walvoord and Dr. Roy Zuck said, “Jesus came with a message for His own nation. But in the plan of God, His message was rejected. Therefore a universal message reached out to the entire world. The promise of blessings for all the nations of the world came through Abraham and the covenant God made with him. It is significant that Matthew did include Gentiles, such as the magi from the East, the centurion with his great faith, and the Canaanite woman who had greater faith than Christ had seen in all Israel. Also, the book concludes with the Great Commission to ‘go and make disciples of all nations.'”
Jesus’ family lineage traced through His earthly father Joseph, going all the way back to Abraham, is presented to us at the outset of this Gospel. Luke presents another lineage for Jesus traced, according to many scholars, through His mother Mary going all the way back to Adam and God Himself. The significant point that we take away from the record of Jesus’ family history is that Jesus became a man — a flesh and blood human being. God in the flesh. Immanuel, God with us. He joined the human family so that we, one day, might join His family. He became a son of David and a son of Abraham so that we might one day become the sons and daughters of God.
Someone once wrote:
I’m so glad I’m a part of the family of God,
I’ve been washed in the fountain, cleansed by His blood!
Joint heirs with Jesus as we travel this sod,
For I’m part of the family, the family of God.
From the door of an orphanage to the house of the King,
No longer an outcast, a new song I sing;
From rags unto riches, from the weak to the strong,
I’m not worthy to be here, but praise God I belong!
You can belong to the family of God as well by placing your faith and trust in Jesus Christ and His finished work on the cross. Here is how you can do that today:
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.
He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.
He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.