A Christmas Scandal
Matthew began the Christmas story with a genealogy (yawn). But it’s not a typical genealogy. Matthew seems to go out of his way to draw attention to the bad apples that were part of the lineage of Jesus. Rather than focus on the greatest people and the best parts of their legacies, he identifies the foreigners, the women, and people of questionable character. Why would Matthew focus on the worst instead of the best? Shouldn’t he try to convince his readers that Jesus came from a great lineage? Nope. Doing that would undo the entire Christmas story. In this series, we’ll focus on the stories behind the scandalous ancestors of Jesus to highlight the even greater scandal of God’s grace.