Saturday, December 10, 2016

The Grace of the Messies

It's Saturday, the end of the second week of Advent. I wrote some yesterday about the "messy" of Advent. We have nice neat nativity scenes in our houses, churches and even on our lawns...but we forget that there was really nothing very "nice" about Jesus' birth.

First of all, humanly speaking, Jesus didn't come from a long line of Saints. Consider Matthew 1's list of Jesus Geneology in vs. 1 - 17.

Matthew 1:1-17
1  A record of the genealogy of Jesus Christ the son of David, the son of Abraham:
2  Abraham was the father of Isaac, Isaac the father of Jacob, Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers,
3  Judah the father of Perez and Zerah, whose mother was Tamar, Perez the father of Hezron, Hezron the father of Ram,
4  Ram the father of Amminadab, Amminadab the father of Nahshon, Nahshon the father of Salmon,
5  Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab, Boaz the father of Obed, whose mother was Ruth, Obed the father of Jesse,
6  and Jesse the father of King David. David was the father of Solomon, whose mother had been Uriah's wife,

7  Solomon the father of Rehoboam, Rehoboam the father of Abijah, Abijah the father of Asa,
8  Asa the father of Jehoshaphat, Jehoshaphat the father of Jehoram, Jehoram the father of Uzziah,
9  Uzziah the father of Jotham, Jotham the father of Ahaz, Ahaz the father of Hezekiah,
10  Hezekiah the father of Manasseh, Manasseh the father of Amon, Amon the father of Josiah,
11 and Josiah the father of Jeconiah and his brothers at the time of the exile to Babylon.

12  After the exile to Babylon: Jeconiah was the father of Shealtiel, Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel,

13  Zerubbabel the father of Abiud, Abiud the father of Eliakim, Eliakim the father of Azor,
14  Azor the father of Zadok, Zadok the father of Akim, Akim the father of Eliud,
15  Eliud the father of Eleazar, Eleazar the father of Matthan, Matthan the father of Jacob,
16  and Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.

17  Thus there were fourteen generations in all from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the exile to Babylon, and fourteen from the exile to the Christ

The Good ancestry side is Abraham, David, Boaz, Hezekiah, etc...some great Godly leaders in that group. But then there is Judah and Tamar...that was a twisted story. Solomon, Rehoboam, Ahaz, Manasseh (who was called evil)...each of who led the nation towards ruin. Four women listed in here, but the circumstances of their lives were less than joyful.

I don't know my family geneology that well. It's been traced back about three generations...and I don't know if there were scoundrels in the list of family. Those sorts of things are often hushed up and parents don't want to talk about "that" one.

Jesus' geneology is a picture of God's Grace. The genealogy is easy to skip over, but take a moment and read the list again...there's something we need to catch. We all come from human beings that lived before us. It is the grace of God and His mercy that allow us to come into the family of God. The family of God is filled with perfect people...just forgiven ones.


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