Sunday, 27th May 2014
Rev Daniel Poon
Today we looked into Matthew 1:1-17, which talks about the genealogy of Jesus. After reading through the Scripture, we found out there are THREE main stages of the spiritual mankind. “Thus there were fourteen generations in all from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the exile to Babylon, and fourteen from the exile to the Messiah.” (Matthew 1:17)
Stage One: From Abraham to David – People Born with Royalty
We are born with royalty, the children of God, as it says in Genesis 1:27 “So God created mankind in His own image, in the image of God He created them; male and female He created them.”
Stage Two: From David to the exile to Babylon – People Lose their Royalty
But just like it says in the Bible, gradually we forget we are the children of God and we go astray. We follow the trends of this world and walk away from God, we lost out royalty as princes and princesses of God.
Stage Three: From the exile to the Christ – People Regain their Royalty
Jesus is the answer and He is the Salvation of all. After we are born again through Jesus Christ, we should fulfill our life purpose, which states clearly in Matthew 28:18-20, “Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.‘”
We should know our identity. Jesus saves not because of who we are or what we have done. Just like it says in Hebrews 11:31, “By faith the prostitute Rahab, because she welcomed the spies, was not killed with those who were disobedient.” Rahab not only saved herself, she also saved her entire family, and at the end, become Jesus’ ancestor! What a great honor it is for a prostitute like her?
Rev Daniel shared that all of us can live like queens and kings on this earth, and receive honor from God and people, as long as we found the place for us. Everyone has a life purpose and it’s up to us to seek God and ask Him where he wants us to be. Once we are sure of the place we should be, we are to stay there no matter what. Like Tamar (Matthew 11:3), Rahab (Matthew 11:5), Ruth (Matthew 11:5), and Uriah’s wife (Matthew 11:6), all these women did not have a glorious past, yet they were willing to stay in wherever God put them, and eventually become important women in the Genealogy of Jesus. So let us search for our purpose in life, and never give up walking in God’s way!