Here it is, folks. Before we tell you about the Messiah, let’s get the record straight. First there was Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and Judah, and Perez, and Hezron and on and on. Then David, that’s right, King David. And Solomon, and on, and on. Fourteen generations from Abraham to David and fourteen from David to the Babylonian Exile, and fourteen more and there He is. Jesus, the Son of the Living God. God keeps His promise to
Doesn’t it seem like a waste of paper? Why
not have a few more uplifting verses in there instead? Why not describe the early years of our Lord’s life instead of giving us the Family Tree?
And then it begins to make sense. The clear line of succession, the evidence of the Plan – all of it – every single human link to Christ matters.
Then Jesus Christ is born in
, dies on a cross, rises from the dead, and ascends into heaven. And the rest of history is one great muddle. Bethlehem
Or is it?
Then, Jesus proclaims, “I say you are Peter and on this Rock I will build my church and the gates of hell will
not prevail against it.” Clearly, Jesus is declaring a new lineage. He’s specifically an nouncing the beginning of a list of those who will prepare for His return by preserving the message of Jesus Christ and passing it on to each generation.
Maybe you’ve never seen the list of Holy Fathers. If you’re like me, you didn’t k
now there is one. And if there is one, you’re not so sure you should care. But you should care. It proves that Jesus Christ cares about His Church. He breathed on Her, and carefully placed Her in the hands of Peter, and She grew.
Take a minute and check out the list of Holy Fathers: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/12272b.htm