As we celebrate Christmas, consider the lineage of Jesus. Did you ever think that Jesus, the son of God, the Savior of the world, the one who was born of a virgin, walked this earth with his 12 disciples, died and rose again, would have this kind of genealogy? So who is to say that your past is too much for God to forgive? Salvation is simple but it is not easy.
Abraham, who couldn’t wait for God’s promise to be completed so he had a child by one of their slaves. But his faith is credited to him as righteousness.
Jacob, who stole his brother’s first born son blessing. But his sons became the 12 tribes of Israel.
Tamar, was widowed then promised to another son, deceived and was violated by her father-in-law, bore a son and was called righteous because her father-in-law did not keep his promise.
Rahab, was a prostitute who helped Joshua and the Israelites defeat Jericho.
Ruth, after she was widowed, she took her mother-in-law’s God and country as her own even though she was a despised foreigner. She married a kinsman redeemer from the family line of her ex-husband. She bore the grandfather of David.
David, was a murder and an adulterer. But was called a man after God’s heart.
And on, and on.
As you celebrate Christmas this year, consider The Christ. Because without Christ, there is no Christmas.