Welcome to A Journey through the New Testament! In this series, we will systematically journey through every chapter in the New Testament, unveiling the marvelous insights that can be found in the scriptures.
Matthew 1:17 - "So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David until the carrying away into Babylon are fourteen generations; and from the carrying away into Babylon unto Christ are fourteen generations."
According to Matthew's calculations, Jesus is of the 42nd generation. After a long wait, He has come, just as God had promised in His holy scriptures. The significance of Jesus being the 42nd generation becomes evident when we explore Isaiah's question as he prophetically foresaw the death of Christ.
Isaiah 53:8 - "He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken."
Jesus had reached the 42nd generation, but did it stop there? Considering that he had no wife or children, who would be the 43rd generation? Isaiah answers our question in Isaiah 53:10, "Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand."
After His soul was offered for sin through the crucifixion, He would see His seed. The children of God would come forth after Christ's death.
"He shall prolong His days" explains how Jesus would beget children. His resurrection extended His days after death. However, even more profoundly, He continues to live on Earth through the bodies of believers. When He puts His Holy Spirit in an individual, He begets them, while simultaneously prolonging His own days. Therefore, there is no 43rd generation; we, the Church, are members of the 42nd generation, connected in oneness with Christ.
Written by Kareem Flowers, Sunrise with Jesus
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