Who’s In Your Family Tree?
Researching your family tree has become a big thing in the United States. People spend a lot of their time and a large sum of their money doing internet research and traveling to cemeteries, County Court Houses, and Libraries in search of one name or one person who might be a part of their family tree.There is even a TV show now on which celebrities search for their ancestors!
Jesus had some unusual characters in His family tree in Matthew chapter 1. For instance, there are five women in Jesus’ genealogy Tamar (v3), Rahab and Ruth (v5), Bathsheba (v6), and Mary (v16). This was very unusual in Jesus’ day because descent was usually traced through men as the head of the family and not the women. Two of these women were Gentiles, Rahab and Ruth, and three of them had questionable character, Tamar, Rahab, and Bathsheba.
The point is that Jesus’ family tree has men and women, Jew and Gentile, prostitutes and adultresses, and heroes and villains. The great thing is that Jesus died for them all!
This family tree is in a unique place to me also. The author of this geneology was Matthew. You remember Matthew. He was the Tax Collector. Everybodies favorite traitor. The man who worked for the hated Romans. You also remember that one day Jesus walked up to Matthew’s tax booth, looked him in the eye, and said” Follow Me.”
Jesus died that we might live! He paid the penalty for our sins! What we could not possible do, Jesus did when He died. The question before you is this. Are you going to follow Him? He’s asking you just like He asked Matthew. Don’t worry about who is in your family tree or what they did. That’s all in the past.
One more thing. don’t worry about what is in your past either. Jesus died for your sins. Come to Him, admit your life of sin, and accept His gift of grace. He will give you His Spirit and begin the process of changing you from the inside out. Remember the past is past.