Great Sermon! GREAT Sermon!
Joel Beeke: Matthew was written for Jews and because they take pride in genealogies, Matthew traced Jesus' genealogy through: David and Abraham. Notice, Luke traces his genealogy all the way back to Adam because Luke was written for gentiles and they don't care about David and Abraham but they care more about Adam.
Jesus' genealogy had bad men too. The Jews wanted a clean genealogy that they could be proud of, like Abraham and David. But Jesus had Tamar, Rahab, Basheba, Ruth, (4 great women sinners) and Joram and Manessa also great sinners. Notice Matthew does not mention the women the Jews held in esteem: Sarah or Hannah. Judah committed incest w Tamar. Ruth from lot w his daughters. Great sinners.
Jesus shall save his people from their sins. Jehovah saves. Jehovah is salvation. He does it all. Don't try to bring something. Come as a poor needy bankrupt sinner. You say, I need repentance and to break from my sinful past before I can go to Jesus. Well, is that true? No. Breaking from our sinful past is the result of faith. It's the result of coming to Jesus. I can't break and bury my sins before I come to Jesus or I would have no need for Jesus. I come saying "I am full of wickedness and can't change, so save me or I'll perish."