December 15           A Messed Up Family Tree Pastor Dave

Jesus. Son of God. Savior of the World. Messiah.

You could not get any more perfect than that!

However, you also know this is true: Jesus. Son of Man. Son of Mary.

Imperfect ancestry. Human.

When you look into Jesus ancestry (Matthew, ch. 1), you see some ‘messiness’.

You see Jacob, who cheated and deceived his way into the ‘birthright’; You see people like Rahab—a prostitute who became a Believer in God and gave birth to Boaz; you see David, who was a great king but had major sin (adultery, conspiracy to murder and a cover-up) who married Bathsheba, who gave birth to Solomon…

The point?

From a human standpoint, Jesus’ ancestry was anything but perfect!

I think that was by God’s design.

He wanted to show—even from Jesus’ ancestry—that this birth was much more about God’s love, His Grace and His Mercy than about anything ‘humans’ could do. This was prophesied, but it was not ‘perfection’.

That’s great news to us, because it reminds us that God does not need our perfection (good thing, cuz we are nowhere near perfect), but our faith.

Our acceptance from Him is based on His grace, love, and mercy…and our faith.

We don’t need to ‘impress’ Him, we just need to ‘accept’ him.

 

Read and Discuss:

Read Matthew 1. Do you know anything about Jesus’ ancestors? Anyone unexpected there?

Read Isaiah 9:6-7, 11:1-2: How does Jesus fulfill these prophecies?

Ephesians 2:1-9: What is our ‘salvation’ based on?

Listen and watch this video…Let your Praises RISE!

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