Ben Reaoch | Category: Christmas
The only other woman who is mentioned in Jesus’ genealogy is Mary. The genealogy concludes in verse 16 with “Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born, who is called Christ.” The virgin Mary was similar to these other women in the sense that she bore the stigma of pregnancy outside of marriage. Even though in reality she was chaste and pure, her pregnancy was scandalous. Joseph, in fact, was preparing to end the engagement because he assumed she had cheated on him. But then the angel appeared to Joseph and told him what was going on, that Mary was pregnant by the Holy Spirit. Here, again, there is humiliation attached to Jesus’ birth. He not only has people like Judah and Tamar and Rahab in his family tree, but He’s born to Mary who was pregnant outside of wedlock. For these reasons and many more, Isaiah 53 says, “He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not” (v. 3).
This is our Savior, who came into the world in a way that seemed so humble and lowly, but He came to save the world and to rule as King over all.
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