Matthew 1:1 – ‘The record of the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah, the son of David, the son of Abraham.’
Each of us is a genealogy of all kinds of histories. Some are encouraging and worthy of praise, some of our family histories are marked by dysfunction and regret. When we consider Christ coming into this world, we often overlook the paradox in His genealogy of both good and bad.
For example, in Jesus’ genealogy we see Rahab, who was a Gentile prostitute. She was an inhabitant of Jericho who had faith in Israel’s God enough to hide Israeli spies in her home. And because of her act of kindness and faith, Rahab and her family were spared upon Israel’s invasion. She became the mother of Boaz who redeemed Ruth who ultimately led to Jesus.
We also see it highlighted in Jesus’ genealogy that ‘David fathered Solomon by her who had been the wife of Uriah (Matthew 1:6).’ This reminds us of David’s adulterous affair and murder of Uriah. He and Bathsheba conceived a son together in Solomon whose lineage would lead to Christ the King.
Jesus came into this world through a line of people who had real sin and struggle in their life. And yet, through their striving of faith in God, Jesus was birthed as their ultimate lineage.
Do you struggle with shame in your life or in your family lineage? Jesus Christ came into this world to redeem your family legacy and bring a new narrative to future generations. If you will keep striving in faith, Jesus Christ will bring dignity to your story.
Heavenly Father, I come in Jesus’ name so grateful for what you can do in the life of our families despite our shortcomings and dysfunctions. Father, help our families’ hearts to be united with yours today to the glory of your name for generations to come. Amen.