This year my A to Z challenge is about Christmas, a major festival in the Christian Church. Another major festival is Easter, which I wrote about for the A to Z Challenge in 2020.
In my post for the letter B I touched on the genealogy in which Jesus was descended from King David.
The gospel-writers Matthew and Luke give the lineage of Jesus. Matthew begins with the introduction in Matthew 1:1 ‘A record of the genealogy of Jesus Christ the son of David, the son of Abraham.’ Abraham was one of the patriarchs, who were important in the historical and religious history of Israel.
Matthew’s genealogy begins with Abraham and ends with Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called the Christ. Matthew 1:16
Luke’s list starts with Jesus and goes back through Joseph all the way to Adam, the son of God adding another 20 or so generations to Matthew’s list. Luke 3:23-37 The names in the two lists are not exactly the same. Luke’s genealogy is thought to be Mary’s ancestry, which had much in common with Joseph’s as they were probably first cousins. (Peloubet’s Bible Dictionary) Both lists include David, Jesse and Obed (mentioned in my post for the letter B), making Jesus a descendent of David by birth and by adoption.
David was described by God as ‘a man after my own heart.’
Once in Royal David’s city is a popular Christmas carol.
While this year’s A to Z badges by Anjela Curtis honour the late Jeremy Hawkins, I hope that my posts about Christmas honour Jesus Christ, ‘who was and is and is to come’. Revelation 1:4