These are the sections of Scripture we blur through. You know the ones…so-and-so begat so-and-so…this person was the son of that person who was the son of this person.
Even though we tend to let our eyes skip these passages, God never does. He inspired each word, each name, and each generation.
Every generation is important to God. Every one.
There are 77 generations recorded by Luke: from Adam, the first human and “son of God”, to Jesus, the Victorious Son of God. Some of the names are familiar to us. Jesus was a descendant of David and Judah, Jacob, Isaac and Abraham, and Noah. He also came from the families of Serug and Arni and Eliakim and Joda and Melki.
Jesus came for all generations. Just as we all come from one man, Adam, One Man will save us all.
God loves each generation, each family, and each person. He was at work in every line recorded, preparing the world, guiding hearts and pointing people to His Son, Jesus. God loved each person listed, those who we know and those we’ve never heard of. God’s love can be traced through every verse.
God inspired Luke to record Jesus’ ancestors at the point in the story where Jesus is now 30 years old and ready to begin His public ministry.
All of these generations reflect the reason why. They are all why Jesus came.
Jesus came to save those who are lost, and proclaim hope and freedom to the world.
Some generations will listen. Some will not.
But that doesn’t determine God’s plan or God’s love.
Jesus came for them, and He came for us, anyway.