Dr. Timothy J. Keller, preached 2008 at Redeemer Presbyterian Church
Reading: Matthew 1.1-17
“The true story of Jesus makes all of the best stories true and real.”
Matthew doesn’t begin his Gospel with “once upon a time.” Instead, he records a genealogy. This is Matthew’s way of saying that the events of his Gospel narrative are real historical events, not mythical fictions. It is fascinating to see which specific individuals Matthew includes in his genealogy. In ancient times, one’s genealogy was similar to one’s resume; you only included the good stuff. But Jesus’ genealogy includes prostitutes, murderers, despised foreigners and the offspring of incestuous sexual relations. In short, even the “begats” are dripping with grace.
The sermon can be listened to here.