The discovery of DNA is considered a milestone in many ways for diagnosis and treatment of diseases, forensics, and genealogy. Lately, it seems people’s interest is to search out their family’s history and ties to distinguished people from the past, or perhaps not so unique since unsavory characters may be uncovered along the way. DNA testing is useful to locate details about family lineage. The real upside is that knowing our family’s history may turn up some clues to deal with personal health problems that may be associated with former relatives. In that sense learning about our past can be beneficial. But especially useful is what we can know about our spiritual heritage since sin’s imprint has been left on all of our lives. We must begin our search in the Bible. We must acknowledge the existence of original sin and that its effects are both universal and personal and are the resultant cause of Adam and Eve’s rebelliousness which continues to be passed to this day from generation to generation. To understand all of this let us go back to the Lord’s first return visit to His hometown of Nazareth as recorded in Luke 4:14-30.
During his visit Jesus attended a synagogue on the Sabbath. He read a portion of a Messianic prophecy from Isaiah 61:1,2 followed by His announcement that He was fulfilling that prediction. His claim was met with skepticism from his hearers. In disbelief they asked “Isn’t this Jospeh’s son?” (Luke 4:22). They had conceived that Messiah’s identity was different than that which they saw in Jesus. The Jewish people perceived the Messiah to be a warrior and ruler, punishing and presiding over their enemies, not the son of a common carpenter whose upbringing was nowhere exceptional enough to match their notion about Messiah. A wrong outlook that stands corrected once Christ genealogy is taken into consideration. The importance of genealogy for the Believer cannot be overstated if you wish to better understand Christ’s role and mission.
Both the gospel of Luke and that of Mathew trace the lineage of Christ to Adam and Abraham respectively. Luke’s record goes back to Adam, where a prediction is given of a Savior in Gen 3:15, which six thousand years later would be fulfilled at Calvary. In Mathew’s genealogy we learn that Jesus was the direct descendant of David. Often the son of David is a term that refers to His Messianic title. When the right optics are put in place you can see how genealogy helps to dispel the notion that Jesus’ origin was anything but common. Clearly, the religious crowd in the Synagogue that day had not considered His heritage. Instead, they had formed their own opinion from preconceptions they had about His identity. The facts of Scripture are the same for everyone to read and understand but it is really about how these truths are interpreted that remains the key to help us arrive at the truth.
An objective study of Messianic prophecy leads the reader to discover that Christ is indeed the predicted Messiah. That day in Nazareth, Jesus said that he was fulfilling the particulars of Isaiah 61:1,2. In his inaugural year of ministry many had been healed, both physically and spiritually, the poor helped, the gospel taught to throngs of needy people. Predictions about the Messiah were coming true in Christ’s ministry and are a sure sign to help us see the accuracy of His claim. The real problem is not about proof but an unwillingness to believe the truth! Jesus knew the real source of their rejection and even went so far as to compare their unbelief to the same spiritual blindness that the O.T. Israelites experienced during the days of Elijah and Elisha. Not much has changed since that time. Unbelief never will recognize Christ as the Savior. We are all descendants of Adam and all of us have been affected by the same sin of unbelief that began in the Garden when Eve took of the fruit contravening God’s expressed command against it. As a result of our parentage all of our difficulties, sins, issues, and disdain for God can be traced back to Adam and Eve by virtue of their disobedience. Since our heritage can be traced back to Adam, sin has been passed down to us from generation to generation. It is as though mankind has been attributed the DNA of Adam’s fallen state.
Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned (Romans 5:12).
With God’s help accepting this fact that we are in the family line of Adam can indeed lead us into an objective appraisal of our sinfulness and need of a Savior. Prophecy provides ample proof that Christ is the Messiah by virtue of its fulfillment, over three hundred and fifty-three predictions in all. In the face of such overwhelming evidence we should look to Christ for forgiveness of our sins. His lineage is a direct antithesis to our own and attests to the fact that He is indeed the Messiah that was promised in the Old Testament. In the wake of our failed ancestry, we stand condemned along with our forefathers, corruption is universal, and every heart is inclined towards evil. Christ will help remove any doubts you may have should you ask him to. So seek His help to obey the gospel. Believe in Him and repent of your sins.
“Turn to me and be saved, all the ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other.” (Isaiah 45:22)