The beauty of the scripture's story of the Nativity is beyond inspiring. Dumbstruck is a better word for me, as the story came to life. That didn't happen at a live Nativity scene at a local church, or during a sermon. It happened in the passages themselves. And of all things, what knocked me for a loop came in the first chapter of Matthew... the geneology? Jesus' earthly father, the man who raised him, Joseph, was out of the lineage of David, king of Israel. Mary his mother was out of the lineage of David too.
When David became king, he wanted to build God a permanent place to dwell, so the people could come there and worship. But because of David's history of war, God said to David that his son would build it, not him. God said through Nathan the prophet to go tell David this:
..."Thus says the Lord:Would you build a house for me to dwell in?"
2Sam. 7:5 (NKJV)
God further explained to David through Nathan, that he wouldn't build a house for Him, but I'm going to build a house for you David.
"and your house and your kingdom shall be established forever
before you, you're throne shall be established forever!" vs. 16
From that time on, the devil tried to destroy David and his entire household, so that from David's seed, the Messiah could not come. And even when Christ was born and the kings of the east came to honor Him, they stopped and asked Herod where Israel's king was actually located. Herod, then tried to eliminate Him by killing every male, 2yrs old and under in Bethlehem. Joseph and Mary was already warned and had moved to Egypt.
But the stunning thing of Jesus history, was the family tree's history of individual broken, ragamuffins, with tainted pasts. The women: Rahab the harlot, Ruth the Moabite (Israel's mortal enemy), Bathsheba the adulteress, these all were in Christ lineage. The men in Christ's lineage made the women look like saints, and in both the men and women, you and I should see that God will use us, no matter what our tainted pasts are, there is hope.
The lineage is truly amazing. Conspiricies, murders, adulterers, liars, and the like. Godly men and women, loyal, giving and caring, and the like. All of these, good and bad all show up in His family tree. God used what we wouldn't tell about our own tree of life because of embarrassment. There is no way of telling all of the remarkable history of Jesus, but two things stand out to me. One, God's covenant with David established David's throne forever. God built David a spritual house that's eternal. Everyone who follows Christ are in that bloodline, adopted into that lineage. Two, God does take the simple things, and people, and confounds men and Earthly wisdom. And He bids all of us to come to Him, dwell in this eternal kingdom. He will reject no one, no matter what their past is. So come.
I hope you all have a great Christmas season. Take the time as your family gathers, to read aloud Luke 2, the story of Jesus' birth. Make Christmas memorable to the little ones, memorable of Jesus, not presents. Thanks for reading, God bless and keep you all, Keith.