A sinless Savior came from a long line of sinners!
This Christmas 2011, several questions came to mind from Matthew 1. Why did God choose Tamar, Rahab, Ruth and wife of Uriah? Tamar had a child with her father-in-law, Judah; Rahab was a mistress of a brothel, Ruth was a Moabite (descendant of union between Lot and his daughter) and Bethsheba had an illicit relationship with King David.
Why not include Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel and Leah?
What an unsettling genealogy, right? Then we see the magis (star gazers) coming from the east, tracking the event of the birth of a “Jewish king” with their original GPS system. Strange, isn’t it? Then we see an account of Joseph’s suspicion of Mary and his attempt to divorce her secretly:
“Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly” (v. 18, 19). What a way to start a marriage!
God’s sovereignty over our wrong choices; and his correction and guidance.
But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet:
“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us).” (Matthew 1: 20-23).
God was working out His sovereign plans in the midst of circumstances that seemingly stood in opposition to His will. This New Year 2011, may Christ come in to our homes, churches and communities of messed up genealogies, scandalous suspicions, antagonistic authorities and once again be the God with us.
Below is an instrumental song I wrote as a Christmas present to all my friends,supporters and pray-ers! Feel free to download or listen.
Also you can listen/download my pre-Christmas message below (Japanese/English):
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