This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.
Scripture reference: Matthew 9:13 (ESV)
Today, I am thinking about how it’s important to remember for whom Christ came.
We’re wrapping up our series on expectations today. In this series, we’ve talked about how sometimes God will bring us to the brink only to reveal His awesome power.
We’ve also talked about how we feel when we fall short and don’t feel worthy of His grace as well as how that grace is His loving gift to us, not a reward for our good behavior.
As we celebrate the birth of Christ and expect his second coming, let’s be extremely clear about for whom he came. One way to do this is by exploring his genealogy.
One observation is that there are five women in Jesus’ lineage: Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba, and Mary. This is somewhat unusual because descent was usually traced through men as they were recognized as the head of the household.
Furthermore, as we take a closer look at these women, we also see that Rahab and Ruth were Gentiles, and Tamar, Rahab, and Bathsheba were all women who had character issues.
Rahab was a prostitute. Bathsheba was married to a man but fell in love with another man and ended up having a child for him.
We can easily see that Jesus’ lineage had a mix of heroes, Gentiles, prostitutes, and adulterers, just to name a few. Yet he came to be savior to them all.
Who do you know today that needs to be reminded that Christ came for them, despite whatever they believe their shortcomings are?
As you think about that, remember these words: “’I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.” Matthew 9:13 (ESV)
Please share this reflection as others desire to be inspired.
So today, let God use you.