January 5 – Family Tree

Read: Mathew 1: 1-17

For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, Abba! Father! The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him. (Romans 8:14-17 ESV)

Family can be a tricky thing. Sometimes personal genealogies are really difficult to understand or research. One of the unique qualities of the Old Testament is the staggering amount of detail it provides about the life of the Jews and their relationship with God. This is the people God chose to use bring the Messiah, Jesus, into the world.

The insight into the lives and times of these people is incredibly encouraging. It can speak volumes into our lives today. Each were imperfect. Some were deeply flawed. Many of them made an incredible turn around to pursue life with God. Abraham was at times a coward. Rahab was a prostitute turned follower of God. David, who is often called a “man after God’s own heart” was a murdering adulterer. And these are just three of the better known examples in Jesus’ family tree.

What does your family tree look like? What are the stories? What are the failures? Successes? Sometimes we romanticize the bad in our family. Sometimes we are misinformed. And for many people, they just don’t know the details of their family history.

Jesus was perfect. He lived, served, died, and rose again without sin. But he was born into a family line that was anything but perfect. Our families are all far from perfect, but we can be adopted as sons of God, what the Bible calls “coheirs with Christ.” This is not to discount the heritage we may enjoy (or not enjoy) here, but so that we can be adopted into the family of Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus was hung on a tree so you and I could be part of his eternal family tree.

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