Everyone comes from someone. With time and research, all of us can trace our history back in time and space and see how we got to where we are. Our grandparents and their parents and their parent’s parents, all made decisions that affected us vastly! Their choices small or great were life choices that contributed to us being where we are!
I remember reading, actually muddling through the genealogy of Jesus. I remember thinking, why do I have to read this? Why is this here? Does it matter? But now I see so much more clearly than ever before. God gave us this genealogy to prove the promise of God being fulfilled through time and history. This genealogy revels to us the very real human side of God; the God who moved through the lives and choices of people to bring us His very own Son. This is astounding!
When I give pause to reflect upon the names listed in the genealogy instead of just reading through them, I am able to see that each name represents a story and a life. These lives were full of choices, some good and some bad. Nonetheless, God moved through each of their stories to tell His great story.
In the same way, God is moving through the course of our lives and decisions we make to reveal Himself again to Humanity. As Children of God, we are part of the Family Tree! Our lives are telling the story that has been passed down through eternity! With our choices, good and bad, God reveals His love, His power, His forgiveness, His redemption, His Truth, His Son in us.
God, in just the right time, sent His Son. It took time and relationships, travel and choices, for that time to come. But it did come and we call that time Christmas.
Look over the passage here and then follow up with some projects listed below.
The family tree of Jesus Christ, David’s son, Abraham’s son:
2-6Abraham had Isaac, Isaac had Jacob,
Jacob had Judah and his brothers,
Judah had Perez and Zerah (the mother was Tamar),
Perez had Hezron,
Hezron had Aram,
Aram had Amminadab,
Amminadab had Nahshon,
Nahshon had Salmon,
Salmon had Boaz (his mother was Rahab),
Boaz had Obed (Ruth was the mother),
Obed had Jesse,
Jesse had David,
and David became king.
6-11David had Solomon (Uriah’s wife was the mother),
Solomon had Rehoboam,
Rehoboam had Abijah,
Abijah had Asa,
Asa had Jehoshaphat,
Jehoshaphat had Joram,
Joram had Uzziah,
Uzziah had Jotham,
Jotham had Ahaz,
Ahaz had Hezekiah,
Hezekiah had Manasseh,
Manasseh had Amon,
Amon had Josiah,
Josiah had Jehoiachin and his brothers,
and then the people were taken into the Babylonian exile.
12-16When the Babylonian exile ended,
Jeconiah had Shealtiel,
Shealtiel had Zerubbabel,
Zerubbabel had Abiud,
Abiud had Eliakim,
Eliakim had Azor,
Azor had Zadok,
Zadok had Achim,
Achim had Eliud,
Eliud had Eleazar,
Eleazar had Matthan,
Matthan had Jacob,
Jacob had Joseph, Mary’s husband,
the Mary who gave birth to Jesus,
the Jesus who was called Christ.
17There were fourteen generations from Abraham to David,
another fourteen from David to the Babylonian exile,
and yet another fourteen from the Babylonian exile to Christ.
Research your family tree
Make a family tree of the family of Jesus. Chart one out as a family project.
Questions to consider:
When you look at the family tree of Jesus, are there stories from the past that mirror your story in any way?
Do you have stories from your family that are embarrassing or humiliating? Have you been able to see God work even through those stories?
How can Christ be glorified in you story now?
Do you see God or yourself at the center of your family tree? In what are you rooted as a family? As an individual? As a church?
What character traits do you see from your own personal history and family that you want to pass onto your children and your grandchildren?