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The King of Kings, The Rock, The Messiah, The Good Shepherd.Really? How can I be a descendant of Christ? I'm a tiny little woman full of fear, who succumbs to laziness, can't keep a dollar in her pocket without the urge to spend it, and would gladly stand in the kitchen eating peanut butter by the spoonful all day long if given the chance.
How can I even THINK to boast being a descendant of a King?In the book The Jesus I Never Knew, Philip Yancey points out that the first chapter of the Gospel of Matthew is a detailed account of Jesus's family tree, and he had some major skeletons in his closet. Uzzaiah, for example, was struck with leprosy (a disease that was attributed to disobedience of God during biblical times), and Bathsheba was known for having an affair with King David while she was married to Uriah, a Hittite officer. King David was said to have had Uriah killed in battle so he could later marry Bathsheba.
Now, if the Bible was God-breathed, and Matthew was compelled to include this genealogy of Christ in the very opening of the book he scribed, then why do some of us carry around the shame in our past?God chiseled each of us into a reflection of Him. Why do we feel that any one of us is better than or worse than the other?
Today, if you find yourself conveniently eliminating information about various parts of your past, or people in your past, ask yourself why?
Why did God showcase Moses, a man with a speech impediment?Because they give us hope for our own selves. Because it's in the extremity of the contrast between good and evil that we find the promise that even WE can choose to do good.
Why did God elevate Abraham, a man who couldn't let God be in control of when or with whom he (Abraham) would have children?
Why did God make David, a man who murdered out of lust, become one of the greatest kings in history?
Why did God make Saul, one of worst persecutors of Christians, into one of the greatest Christian evangelists on the face of the earth?
Because Christ didn't come to save people who DON'T need him; he came to save the people who DO need him.Pray: Heavenly Father, thank you for showing us that there is hope for us. No matter where we've been or what we've done, you have the power to turn that around in us today. Come into my heart and cleanse it with your blood and change me through your Holy Spirit. Amen