Uriah’s Wife – Gospel in Life
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Uriah’s Wife

Tim Keller |  December 16, 2001

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Topics:
  • Christmas and Advent
  • Jesus' Birth
Duration:
36:52
Scripture:
Matthew 1:1-6, 12-17
SKU:
RS 142-3

Matthew 1:1–6, 12–17

Although the genealogy of Jesus Christ in Matthew 1 may seem less important, it carries a deep message. It shows us how Christmas turns truth into reality, promises into fulfillment, and grace into a surprising gift. Understanding these ideas can lead us to the peace that Jesus offers.

1. Truth becomes real

The story of Jesus’ life in Matthew is not just a tale but a record of historical events, listing the family tree of Jesus—the ultimate Messiah. Unlike other stories that hint at truths, Jesus’ story is the truth itself, with Jesus Christ turning from an ideal to a reality that forever alters history. Christians believe all heroes and figures in these stories find their truth in Jesus, which deeply affects our lives.

2. Promise turns into reality

The genealogy of Jesus Christ in Matthew shows that God always keeps his promises, even if they don’t happen how or when we expect. The long-awaited fulfillment of God’s promise to Abraham and the arrival of the Messiah after a long wait show that God is always working, even when we can’t see it. Christmas is about trusting in God’s timing and not trying to manipulate things to our advantage.

3. Grace becomes a surprise

Christmas is a reminder of God’s amazing grace, shown by including women, Gentiles, outsiders by race and morals in Jesus’ family tree. Even though they were excluded by law, this shows that being part of God’s family is not about what we’ve done but entirely about God’s grace. This surprising and wide-reaching grace breaks down walls, encourages equality, and fills Christmas with truth, promises, and reality.

4. You can find the peace that Jesus came to give

The family tree of Jesus in Matthew shows him as the ultimate symbol of forgiveness, freedom, and restoration. Accepting the deep grace of salvation and the reality of Christmas—not just as a story but as truth—brings peace and hope even in tough times. It’s important to look beyond temporary happiness and truly understand the meaning of Christmas, finding the special peace that only Jesus can give.

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