February 11, 2018
The third aspect of the Genealogy of Jesus deals with the proof of His identity with sinful human beings. Not only is Jesus vitally linked with the human race, but He is associated with sinful human beings. Though, He himself was guilty of no sin, He was constantly identified with sinful humanity. This, too, is in keeping with the prophetic picture of Isiah, who said, "He took His place as a sinner with sinful men that He might become their sacrifice for sin." Every aspect of His life points to this identity.
The account of His ancestral connections also points this up. In His list Matthew injects the names of four women, not as a part of the lineage as such, but connected with it.
Of these four, three are known for their immoral conduct, and the fourth was a Gentile.
Tamar, Rahab, and Bathshebe stand in bad light as far as the record goes. Ruth was noble in character, but of Gentile blood. Of the men mentioned in the lineage, many of them were quite outstanding on the sinful side of the ledger. Some might be surprised at this, thinking that in the linage of Jesus there ought to be only those of the highest order. But this is just as it ought to be, and the fact itself is highly significant.
Jesus was always associated with sinners, therefore it is not strange that He should be associated with sinners even in His ancestry. Of course, there is no other king of man with whom Jesus could be associated, for all are sinners. but some are more outstanding in their sins than others, at least the sin is more glaring. Such are named in the genealogy in order to emphasize the fact that Jesus is associated with sinners.
The only way He could do this was becoming one of them, not by act of sin, but by association. His association with sinners came to its climax when He died for sinners, In a real sense Jesus was associated with sinners when He took their place on Calvary.
This means that Jesus died for all sinners. A person may not be guilty of some of the sins of which others are guilty, but all people are guilty of sin. "For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God" (Rom. 3:23). Jesus has never been guilty of participation in any individuals sins, but He has so identified Himself with sinners that He took our place as a sinner to suffer the consequences of sin so that everyone might not have to suffer such consequences.
Wayne McDoanld, Pastor