HEIRS, KINGDOMS & THE KING OF KINGS
These recent days have focused us on the death of Queen Elizabeth and the ascension to the British throne of her son Charles as king. We have also heard, that, in the inheritance line to the British throne, William, Charles’ son, is his heir, the next in line, and so on. Also, there has been much reminiscing about previous British monarchs back down the ages. Their genealogies can be traced back over many centuries. You and your family may also have looked at your ancestry down through your father’s and mother’s ancestry lines.
But there are other listings of genealogies, such as those listed in God’s Word. In particular, we find in Matthew 1:1-16 and Luke 3:23-38 the genealogy of Jesus, the King of Kings, our Saviour. As we read through these two genealogical accounts of Jesus, there may appear some discrepancies, but taken together, we learn some amazing facts from these inspired writings about Jesus, our Saviour, the King of Kings. Of course, theologians will note these trace back through the lines of Jesus’ earthly father, Joseph, and His mother, Mary.
But Jesus’, the King of Kings’, genealogy differs in type from that of every earthly monarch who has ever lived and is indeed different to our own genealogy type.
Jesus was, and is, eternal, He has forever been and will always be, He has One Father, God the Father Almighty. He left His glorious throne in Heaven with God the Father and willingly came to us, born of Mary.
Matthew and Luke trace Jesus’ earthly line through His earthly father, Joseph. In Matthew, it begins with Matthew 1:1, “The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham”. It concludes in Matthew 1:16 noting: “… and Jacob the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born, who is called Christ.” Luke’s genealogy goes in reverse, from Joseph, Jesus’ earthly father, back to Adam and God: Luke 3:23, “Jesus, when he began his ministry, was about thirty years of age, being the son (as was supposed) of Joseph, the son of Heli, …”. Luke’s genealogy concludes in Luke 3:37-38, “the son of Methuselah, the son of Enoch, the son of Jared, the son of Mahalaleel, the son of Cainan, the son of Enos, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God.” There are many familiar names in Jesus’ Biblical ancestry, for example: Adam, Noah, Abraham, Jesse, David, Solomon, Jehoshaphat, Hezekiah, Zerubbabel; indeed, read the full listings in Matthew and Luke.
If we are saved by faith in the power of the shed blood of Jesus in His purchasing us and saving us from our sin’s punishment, then God’s Word reveals some amazing facts concerning us. Before Creation, God had purposed to adopt His blood-bought people, His church, into His eternal Kingdom as sons and daughters with Jesus Christ His Son. We do not need to engage in ancestry companies or earthly genealogy charts and files and records to see plainly that God has planned this miraculous adoption of His Church, His blood-bought children, believers, into His Family forever. Galatians 4:4-7, “But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.” Ephesians 1:5, “…he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ according to the purpose of his will.” Other encouraging scriptures attesting to this miracle of adoption into the eternal Kingdom of the King of Kings are found in Romans 8:15, 8:23 and 9:4.
Have you inherited eternal life, as a son or daughter in the Kingdom of the King of Kings? If not, will you confess your sin to God and genuinely seek God’s forgiveness, and rise to live forever in God’s eternal Kingdom, being made an heir, adopted as a fellow son or daughter with Jesus, the King of Kings? This is only possible by Jesus’ death in our place on the cross of crucifixion as He received in His body our sin’s necessary punishment: 2 Corinthians 5:21, “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God”.