Searching Blog: #Christmas Hope

Scott Hoezee

Why does Jesus’ Family Tree Matter?

The Gospel of Matthew begins with a long list of names that can be tempting to skip in order to get to the Christmas story, but this record of Jesus' family tree matters. The gospel writer uses Jesus’ genealogy to establish Jesus Christ as the Messiah and to establish the theme he will carry through the rest of his gospel: no matter your background, you belong in God’s family.

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As you remember the story of Christ’s birth this Advent and Christmas season, join Groundwork in studying the women of the Gospel of Matthew. Together, we’ll remember the real meaning of Christmas and discover hope and a place in Jesus’ story for the broken, the traumatized, the outsider, and the imperfect.

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