Every time I read through the book Matthew, I find myself skimming over Chapter 1 which walks through the genealogy of Christ in order to set up His birth. Sadly, when I do this, I skip over one of the greatest parts of the Christmas story: God perfectly planned every detail of Jesus’ birth before the beginning of time.
Matthew strategically breaks it down from Abraham to David to Josiah to Jechoniah to the Messiah, reiterating Jewish history. He also includes the names of several women, including Rahab the harlet. All of this is to show that God perfectly ordained every detail of Christ’s birth, not just in the moment, but also every moment leading up to the Creator stepping into His own creation.
The genealogy of Christ in Matthew 1 proves that God is sovereign over every single birth that happens on this earth. “The whole history of human procreation is under God’s control, as he acts intentionally to bring about the conception of each of us” (John Frame). God perfectly brought about Christ through all the descendants from Adam, and in the same way God perfectly brought about each of us through all of our descendants to create us just as we are.
This Christmas season, I know for many of us, we feel that we are coming to the end of another year where we just feel we have not found our purpose. As well as thinking, maybe God doesn’t have a plan for us, but that is the furthest thing from the truth. God has had a plan for each of us from the beginning of time. In Ephesians 1:10 it says, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” In the same way that God perfectly brought about Jesus for a purpose, He has brought about each of us through our genealogies, circumstances, and experiences for a specific purpose. One that He has had planned since this whole thing started.
You were not haphazardly created. God created each and every one of us uniquely. Just as God said to His prophet Jeremiah, he speaks to us, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you” (Jer.1:5). John Frame expounds on this verse in saying, “If God knew Jeremiah before his conception, then God must have arranged for one particular sperm to reach one particular egg to produce each of Jeremiah’s ancestors back to Adam, and then Jeremiah himself. So God is in control of all the ‘accidents’ of history to create the precise person he seeks to employ as his prophet.” And in the same way, God has perfectly controlled all things to create you precisely as you are.
So this week as we celebrate the birth of Jesus, we can look deeper than just a simple manger scene and see God’s perfectly ordained plan to bring about His Son. But it doesn’t end there. We can also see that the same amount of care and precision has gone into our own story beginning with our own birth. No one has slipped through the cracks. God knows you (Jer. 1:5). He made you (Psalm 139:13-16). And He delights in you (Zeph. 3:17). All because “for unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:11).