I have heard it said that Christmas is about family.
I know it is about so much more than family and friends but over the last two days, but other the last two days I have been reminded of the importance of family as it relates to Christology (the doctrine of Jesus Christ) and hamartiology (the doctrine of sin).
Jesus' genealogy shows us that he was born in the flesh. "God himself embodied the same frailty and helplessness that every single one of us did at birth" (Mathis).
The genealogy also shows us our sinfulness. John MacArthur's "Knots in Christ's Family: Untangling the Lord's LIneage" article reference to Matthew 1's genealogy as a "Chronicle of God's Grace."
Today, this Sam Allbery quote came up in my Facebook memories. "Matthew's genealogy includes the outcast, scandalous, and foreigner. The family Jesus comes from anticipates the family he came for."
And finally, I heard this beautiful song entitled "Christ," which contains the entire Matthew 1 genealogy. Don't let that description cause you not to listen. The beautiful accompaniment starts very simply and as they draw nearer and nearer to Christ, the music becomes fuller and fuller. Check out the video and other genealogy resources at