Monday, April 15, 2013

Where is Your Name in Jesus Genealogy?


“The book of genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham... 
So all the generations from Abraham to David were fourteen generations, and from David to the deportation of Babylon Fourteen generations, and from the deportation to Babylon to the Christ is fourteen generations. Matthew 1:1-17

One might ask, why spend time on boring genealogy? Regardless our parents, we were all born in Adam's line of genealogy. We were born in sin and in that state of sin we will die. (Rom 5:12). God called his people but they refused to follow him so for some 400 years God was silent. 

Here Matthew (New Testament) begins by telling us about God's plan to redeem man from his sin. God's story of mankind was made up of all kinds of personalities. The Old Testament and this genealogy bears witness to God's plan for the redemption of man through the coming Messiah. 

This genealogy shows how God used ordinary people to further his kingdom. An interesting group of people. Abraham was a liar, Jacob was a thief, Tamar was a harlot, David a murderer and on and on. Each of these were born by natural birth into the genealogy line. But, just as God planned the history line of those preceding Jesus he make a way for a genealogy line following Jesus. By God's grace and mercy he included us in this plan. It was for us.  I am so glad that I am a part of this plan. 

Matthew is going to show us God's new plan. It is not by natural birth it is by new birth. John 3:3 tells us, "we must be born again to see the kingdom of God." This generation will be made of those who have a personal relationship with Christ, who chooses to follow Him and to trust their lives into his care. And those names will be written in "the book of life."  

Application: We all were born into Adam's line putting us in the "book of death." But, we do not have to remain there. We can have our names added to the "book of life." Just as we may be surprised at those who were in Jesus earthly genealogy, we may be surprised who will end up in his "book of life." Choose this day whom you will serve. This will determine if your name will is added to "book of life." 

How does this genealogy speak to you? 

Dear God, thank you for my salvation. Forgive me for my sins, and help me to walk closer in you path. Help me to live my life in such a way that others will choose to follow you. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.