Matthew 1: Who is Jesus: Son of Abraham, Son of David, the Messiah, and King of Kings

Jesus came into the world to save the world from sin. Who is this Jesus person? In the Gospel of Luke we saw Jesus through the eyes of the reporter. Luke, the historian, told the story of Jesus from the eyes of witnesses to His earthly ministry. John, on the other hand, was an eyewitness to Jesus’ ministry from His baptism to His resurrection. He portrayed Him as the Light of the World — a light shining and destroying the darkness of this world. Matthew comes from a whole different angle. Matthew, was a tax collector, one of the most hated people next to the Roman oppressors themselves. He was Jewish. In his Gospel, He tells the world of the Jewish Messiah who came not just to save the Jews, but the whole world.

As we start this journey through the Gospel of Matthew, I pray that the Holy Spirit opens your heart, eyes and mind to understand what the Spirit is trying to tell you. This is the Gospel Truth. Let’s dig in…

Matthew 1

The Gospel of Matthew starts out with what may seem as a boring list of names. They are important because it’s proof that Jesus is the Son of Abraham, the Son of David, and the Jewish Messiah — the anointed one — who came to save the world from sin. It starts…

This is a record of the ancestors of Jesus the Messiah, a descendant of David and of Abraham:

Matthew 1:1 NLT

God promised Abraham…

I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt. All the families on earth will be blessed through you.

Genesis 12:2 NLT

God was talking about Jesus, the Savior. Notice, it’s ALL the families on earth. That includes you! Then, He promised David…

16 Your house and your kingdom will continue before me for all time, and your throne will be secure forever.

2 Samuel 7:16 NLT

His government and its peace
    will never end.
He will rule with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David
    for all eternity.

Isaiah 9:7 NTL

The King of kings will rule forever! Matthew then starts the list of Jesus’ family tree…

Abraham was the father of Isaac.
Isaac was the father of Jacob.
Jacob was the father of Judah and his brothers.
Judah was the father of Perez and Zerah (whose mother was Tamar).

Matthew 1:2-3 NLT

Here he mentions Tamar, the first woman of four that are listed. Tamar was a Gentile. We meet her in Genesis 38. She disguised herself as a prostitute and seduced Judah. So, you see, Jesus’ lineage is not exactly full of perfect people. Continuing…

Perez was the father of Hezron.
Hezron was the father of Ram.
Ram was the father of Amminadab.
Amminadab was the father of Nahshon.
Nahshon was the father of Salmon.
Salmon was the father of Boaz (whose mother was Rahab).
Boaz was the father of Obed (whose mother was Ruth).

Matthew 1:4-5 NLT

Here we have two more Gentile women mentioned. Rahab was a Gentile and the prostitute who hid Joshua’s two spies in Jericho. You can read that story here. Ruth has her own book! It’s one of the love stories of the Old Testament. Also a Gentile, she was a Moabite widow. Going on…

Obed was the father of Jesse.
Jesse was the father of King David.
David was the father of Solomon (whose mother was Bathsheba, the widow of Uriah).

Matthew 1:5-6 NLT

Who doesn’t know the story of David and Bathsheba! That’s one juicy scandal! Though Bathsheba was Jewish, she was married to Uriah, the Hitite, so she lived in a Gentile household.

Solomon was the father of Rehoboam.
Rehoboam was the father of Abijah.
Abijah was the father of Asa.
Asa was the father of Jehoshaphat.
Jehoshaphat was the father of Jehoram.
Jehoram was the father of Uzziah.
Uzziah was the father of Jotham.
Jotham was the father of Ahaz.
Ahaz was the father of Hezekiah.
10 Hezekiah was the father of Manasseh.
Manasseh was the father of Amon.
Amon was the father of Josiah.
11 Josiah was the father of Jehoiachin and his brothers (born at the time of the exile to Babylon).
12 After the Babylonian exile:
Jehoiachin was the father of Shealtiel.
Shealtiel was the father of Zerubbabel.
13 Zerubbabel was the father of Abiud.
Abiud was the father of Eliakim.
Eliakim was the father of Azor.
14 Azor was the father of Zadok.
Zadok was the father of Akim.
Akim was the father of Eliud.
15 Eliud was the father of Eleazar.
Eleazar was the father of Matthan.
Matthan was the father of Jacob.
16 Jacob was the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary.
Mary gave birth to Jesus, who is called the Messiah.

17 All those listed above include fourteen generations from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the Babylonian exile, and fourteen from the Babylonian exile to the Messiah.

Matthew 1:7-17 NLT

The Birth of Jesus the Messiah

18 This is how Jesus the Messiah was born. His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. But before the marriage took place, while she was still a virgin, she became pregnant through the power of the Holy Spirit. 19 Joseph, to whom she was engaged, was a righteous man and did not want to disgrace her publicly, so he decided to break the engagement quietly.

20 As he considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. “Joseph, son of David,” the angel said, “do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. For the child within her was conceived by the Holy Spirit. 21 And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, (the Lord Saves) for he will save his people from their sins.”

22 All of this occurred to fulfill the Lord’s message through his prophet:

23 “Look! The virgin will conceive a child!
    She will give birth to a son,
and they will call him Immanuel, (Isaiah 7:14)
    which means ‘God is with us.’”

24 When Joseph woke up, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded and took Mary as his wife. 25 But he did not have sexual relations with her until her son was born. And Joseph named him Jesus.

Matthew 1:18-25 NLT

A Not-So-Perfect Lineage

We see here that Jesus’ lineage wasn’t full of perfect people. They weren’t all Jewish either. Jesus came to save the whole world — not just the Jews. He is the Messiah — the anointed one who liberates the world from sin.

Why do we Need a Savior?

We all started in sin at the Fall of Man. Paul wrote…

23 For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.

Romans 3:23 NLT

By ourselves, nothing we can do can save us. That’s why we need Jesus. He is the King who sets us free!

If you’re not sure if you’re saved or not, if you truly want to be born again and have the assurance of salvation, receive the Holy Spirit, feel His Shalom, and get a 1-way, non-stop ticket to Heaven after you die, or that you won’t be left behind at the Rapture, which can happen at any moment, this is what you have to do…

Invite Jesus into Your Heart and Receive the Gift of Grace, Joy, Peace, and the Confident Hope of Eternal Life…

Jesus Messiah



Soli Deo Gloria! To God Alone Be the Glory!

75 thoughts on “Matthew 1: Who is Jesus: Son of Abraham, Son of David, the Messiah, and King of Kings”

  1. Pingback: Matthew 2: Where is the King? The Shepherd Who Guards and Leads His Flock – Seek the Truth

  2. Pingback: Matthew 22: Every Human Being is Immortal – Where You Spend Eternity is Your Choice – Seek the Truth

  3. Pingback: Genesis 11: The First One-World Order, the Tower of Babel – Seek the Truth

  4. Pingback: Genesis 12 and 13: A Lesson in Trust, Faith, Obedience and a Promise from God – Seek the Truth

  5. Pingback: Genesis 21: God Keeps His Promise and Isaac is Born – Seek the Truth

  6. Pingback: Genesis 38-41: Dreams and Schemes and a Favored Son – Joseph’s Story – Seek the Truth

  7. Pingback: Exodus 1 and 2: The Israeli People in Captivity. Where was the Promise of God? – Seek the Truth

  8. Pingback: Exodus 25-27: God Tells Moses How to Build the First Church (Tabernacle) – Seek the Truth

  9. Pingback: Jesus in Leviticus: Atonement for Our Sins: What Sacrifices Actually Please God? – Seek the Truth

  10. Pingback: Leviticus 16: Jesus is Our Scapegoat, No Need for the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur – Seek the Truth

  11. Pingback: Jesus in Numbers Part 2: Staying Pure and Faithful in the Presence of God – Seek the Truth

  12. Pingback: Numbers Part 3: On the Road to the Promised Land with God Leading the Way – Seek the Truth

  13. Pingback: Jesus in Numbers Part 10: Disobedience has Consequences, Obedience has Rewards – Seek the Truth

  14. Pingback: Jesus in Deuteronomy Part 5: Wise Advice, Respect Creation and One Another – Seek the Truth

  15. Pingback: Jesus in the Old Testament 2: The Jericho Adventure Begins in a Scandalous Way – Seek the Truth

  16. Pingback: Jesus in the Book of Ruth 2: Preparing the Way for Our Future Redeemer – Seek the Truth

  17. Pingback: Jesus in the Book of Ruth Finale: Marriage, a Baby Boy and Hope! – Seek the Truth

  18. Pingback: Psalm 78: Looking Back at What God Did for Israel Up to King David – Seek the Truth

  19. Pingback: 2 Samuel 7 and Psalms: God Tells David about the Future Messiah – Seek the Truth

  20. Pingback: 2 Samuel 8 and Psalm 60: King David and His Military Victories – Seek the Truth

  21. Pingback: 2 Samuel 11-12: The Man After God’s Own Heart falls from Grace – Seek the Truth

  22. Pingback: Psalms 143, 69 and 40: Don’t Panic! Cry out to God in Your Time of Need – Seek the Truth

  23. Pingback: 2 Samuel 23-24: A David’s Last Official Words, a Census and an Important Buy – Seek the Truth

  24. Pingback: 1 Kings 11: How Giving in to Lust Separates You From God – Seek the Truth

  25. Pingback: 1 Kings 12: Foolish and Selfish Kings Destroy a United Israel – Seek the Truth

  26. Pingback: 2 Kings 11-12: A Heartless Queen, a Fatherly Priest and a Boy King – Seek the Truth

  27. Pingback: Jonah: The Rebellious Prophet, a Command from God, and the Big Fish – Seek the Truth

  28. Pingback: Amos 6-9: God Promises Judgment, Yet Ends with Mercy and Grace – Seek the Truth

  29. Pingback: Isaiah 1-4: God Now has a Warning for Judah – Stop Your Evil Ways! – Seek the Truth

  30. Pingback: Isaiah 5-7: Bitter Fruit, an Eager Servant, and a Promise of Salvation – Seek the Truth

  31. Pingback: Isaiah 8: Immanuel – God with Us, Conqueror, Savior, Lord and King! – Seek the Truth

  32. Pingback: Isaiah 9: The People Who walk in Darkness Will See a Great Light – Messiah! – Seek the Truth

  33. Pingback: 2 Kings 19: Ask the Lord Diligently and wholeheartedly for His Help – Seek the Truth

  34. Pingback: Isaiah 11-12: See How Wonderful Eternal Life Will Be When Jesus Comes Back! – Seek the Truth

  35. Pingback: Isaiah 15-16: Moab’s Pagan god couldn’t help them against God’s Judgment – Seek the Truth

  36. Pingback: 2 Kings 21: Think You Can Undo the Negative Effects of Sin? Think Again – Seek the Truth

  37. Pingback: Isaiah 33-35: Be Strong and Never Fear, Jesus Wins at Armageddon! – Seek the Truth

  38. Pingback: 2 Kings 24-25: The Epic Attack that Happened When People Disobey God – Seek the Truth

  39. Pingback: Isaiah 46-48: Does Jesus Have YOUR Name Written in the Palm of His Hand? – Seek the Truth

  40. Pingback: Isaiah 52-53: Good News in the Epic Prophecy Fulfilled by Jesus – Seek the Truth

  41. Pingback: What is the Truth about Mary, the Mother of Jesus? – Seek the Truth

  42. Pingback: Isaiah 59-60: How to Secure Life in Heaven in the Fantastic Glory of God – Seek the Truth

  43. Pingback: Jeremiah 5: Do You Not Fear God and His Judgment? – Seek the Truth

  44. Pingback: 20 Names for Jesus in the First Chapter of the Gospel of John! – Seek the Truth

  45. Pingback: Grace: the Greatest Gift God Gives You When You Know Jesus in Your Heart – Seek the Truth

  46. Pingback: Jeremiah 22-23: Beware! Not Every Preacher, King or Leader is from God! – Seek the Truth

  47. Pingback: Jeremiah 52: Last Recap: The Destruction that Happened When God Judged Jerusalem – Seek the Truth

  48. Pingback: Ezekiel 5: Judgment is Nasty. It’s Best to Obey and Avoid! – Seek the Truth

  49. Pingback: Ezekiel 16-17: Do You Love God with a Loyal Heart or a Cheating Heart? – Seek the Truth

  50. Pingback: Ezekiel 19: A Lament of a Fallen Royal Lineage and a Promise of a King – Seek the Truth

  51. Pingback: Ezekiel 21: It’s Coming! No One Can Escape the Judgment of God! – Seek the Truth

  52. Pingback: Ezekiel 34: A Prophecy that Jesus, the Good Shepherd, Fulfilled – Seek the Truth

  53. Pingback: Ezekiel 35-36: A New Covenant, a New Heart and a New Spirit from God – Seek the Truth

  54. Pingback: Ezekiel 39: In that Day, God Will Save Israel from Gog’s Invasion – Seek the Truth

  55. Pingback: Daniel 7: Who are the Four Beasts in this Epic Vision of a Future Time? – Seek the Truth

  56. Pingback: Daniel 8: Which Powerful Kings are Depicted in a New Vision? – Seek the Truth

  57. Pingback: Daniel 9: One of the Most Important Prophecies that Jesus Fulfilled! – Seek the Truth

  58. Pingback: Daniel 11 Part 2: Precise Predictions. Prophecies Fulfilled and Yet to Come! – Seek the Truth

  59. Pingback: Mark 1-20: There is Fantastic Good News That Everyone Needs to Hear Now! – Seek the Truth

  60. Pingback: Mark 6:1-13: Hear the Good News of Jesus Christ with the Right Attitude – Seek the Truth

  61. Pingback: Mark 6:14-29: Pride, Lust and Hatred Really Killed John the Baptist – Seek the Truth

  62. Pingback: Mark 6:30-44: What’s That Something About Jesus that Delights People? – Seek the Truth

  63. Pingback: Mark 6:30-44: What’s That Something About Jesus that Delights People? – Seek the Truth

  64. Pingback: Mark 8:22-38: Blinded by the World? What You Need to Know about Jesus – Seek the Truth

  65. Pingback: Mark 10:32-52: Jesus Cares to Know, What Do You Want Him To Do For You? – Seek the Truth

  66. Pingback: Mark 11: Jesus, Messiah, Savior and King Shows His Authority in Jerusalem – Seek the Truth

  67. Pingback: Mark 12: Religious Rulers Challenge Jesus and See Him as a Threat – Seek the Truth

  68. Pingback: Esther 1-2: A Courageous Story of Providence: A Jewish Girl Becomes Queen – Seek the Truth

  69. Pingback: Esther 7-8: Here we Have Another Epic Reversal of Fortune Crafted by God – Seek the Truth

  70. Pingback: Ezra 1-3: God Sends the People to Reclaim, Restore, and Rebuild the Temple – Seek the Truth

  71. Pingback: 3.2.5: Ezekiel 19: A Lament of a Fallen Royal Lineage and a Promise of a King - Seek the Gospel Truth

  72. Pingback: Haggai: Obey Almighty God, Seek Him First and Delight in the Lord – Seek the Truth

  73. Pingback: 28.29: Psalms 143, 69 and 40: Don't Panic! Cry out to God in Your Time of Need - Seek the Gospel Truth

  74. Pingback: Zechariah 10-12: Beware! Reject the Good Shepherd and You Get the Bad One – Seek the Truth

  75. Pingback: The Truth in the New Testament, God-Inspired, Christian Creeds

Leave a Comment