SERMON TEXT: Matthew 1:1-17

SCRIPTURES REFERENCED: Matthew 1:1, Matthew 22:41-46, Matthew 23:37, Matthew 28:20, Genesis 38, Joshua 2, Genesis 19, 2 Samuel 11, Galatians 3:17-18, 

NEW CITY CATECHISM: Question #3 | How many persons are there in God? There are three persons in the one true and living God: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. They are the same in substance, equal in power and glory.


We cherish the possibility that someone, anyone, might see us. If photographs possess
reality in their pixels, then selfies allow us to possess ourselves: to stage identities and
personas. There is the sense that getting the self-portrait just right will right our own
identity: if I appear happy, then I must be happy; if I appear intellectual, then I must be
an intellectual; if I appear beautiful, then I must be beautiful. Staging the right image
becomes the mechanism for achieving that desired identity. The right self-portrait directs
others to see us the way we desire to be seen.
— Casey Cep, Pacific Standard Magazine
We discover these unlived lives most obviously in our envy of other people, and in the
conscious (and unconscious) demands we make on our children to become something
that was beyond us. And, of course, in our daily frustrations. Our lives become an elegy
to needs unmet and desires sacrificed, to possibilities refused, to roads not taken. The
myth of our potential can make of our lives a perpetual falling-short, a continual and
continuing loss, a sustained and sometimes sustaining rage; though at its best it lures
us into the future, but without letting us wonder why such lures are required (we become
promising through the promises made to us). The myth of potential makes mourning
and complaining feel like the realest things we ever do; and makes of our frustration a
secret life of grudges.
— Adam Phillips, Missing Out: In Praise of the Unlived Life
It’s a paltry substitute. Because meaningfulness is built solely on an emotion, it is
contentless and irreducible. Because it is built solely on emotion, it’s subjective and
relativistic. You get meaning one way. I get meaning another way. Who is any of us to
judge another’s emotion?

Because it’s based solely on sentiment, it is useless. There are no criteria to determine
what kind of meaningfulness is higher. There’s no practical manual that would help
guide each of us as we move from shallower forms of service to deeper ones. There is
no hierarchy of values that would help us select, from among all the things we might do,
that activity which is highest and best to do.

Because it’s based solely on emotion, it’s fleeting. When the sensations of meaningful
go away then the cause that once aroused them gets dropped, too. Ennui floods in.
Personal crisis follows. There’s no reliable ground.
— David Brooks, The New York Times
Human history is the long terrible story of man trying to find something other than God
which will make him happy.
— C.S. Lewis

Matthew’s genealogy is a work of theological craftsmanship more than it is a simple
historical list. It is not only genealogy, it is theology; it is not only archive, it is doctrine; it is not only history, it is sermon.
— Fredrick Dale Bruner, Matthew: A Commentary

Oh, Christ is the kind of person who is not ashamed of sinners — in fact, He even puts them in His family tree.
— Martin Luther

Matthew Henry...can even write that the “crime of David, being repented of, was so far
from hindering the promise made to him, that it pleased God by this very woman to fulfill
the promise.
— Fredrick Dale Bruner, Matthew: A Commentary

Your bad things will turn out for good; your good things can never be taken away from you; and the best things are yet to come.
— Jonathan Edwards, Christian Happiness


Great is Thy Faithfulness

Son of David

Jude Doxology

Praise to the Lord

Your Love is Strong