Of all the Scripture reading during the advent season, the one that actually touched me the most was Matthew 1:1-17. Most people, when they start reading Matthew start with verse 18. With all those hard to pronounce names in the geneology of Jesus, we have a tendency to just skip that part. But when I read this passage this year, I couldn’t help but think about it’s true meaning. God had been planning and orchestrating all of history from the fall of Adam and Eve until the birth of Jesus for his life, death and resurrection on the cross, so that everyone in the world would have the ability to become right with God and be adopted into the Family of God.
This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiahthe son of David, the son of Abraham: 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[c] 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 Abihud, Abihud the father of Eliakim, Eliakim the father of Azor, 14 Azor the father of Zadok, Zadok the father of Akim, Akim the father of Elihud, 15 Elihud 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, and Mary was the mother of Jesus who is called the Messiah. 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 Messiah.
We are his family, his sons and daughters. It is so unfathomable to my small mind that God in His Greatness would send His own Son to be born as a baby to the virgin Mary and walk among his creation. He knows what we go through. He knows how we are tempted to sin. He knows the pain and sorrows we go through in life. Yet He loved us so much that He offered His Son as a sacrifice so that we could live forever with Him in Heaven.
But it is a choice. He never forces anyone to worship and serve Him. He just supplied the way to truth and life. It is our responsibility to repent, believe be baptized and follow after Him. My prayer in 2013 is that God’s message of the Gospel would be spread far and wide in the United States and around the world, so that more and more people will turn to God for salvation. I pray that Christians start sharing Christ to a fallen world and make disciples who will then go out and share the Gospel. We need revival! Lord, lead me to people who need to know you and give me the wisdom and courage to tell them your Good News.