Well, I did it. I couldn’t get to a new blog post when I said I would. But hey, at least I am doing it now. Again, thanks for your patience.
I was just wondering what to post, and praying that God would give me some clarity on what would be interesting for you to read. So, what comes to mind are somethings I have uncovered while preparing to preach the first message on the Gospel According to Matthew. We are launching into the book for the first time in my preaching ministry. I have used many verses from the book over the years and referenced it many times, but I have never preached through it, word by word. I am very excited to do so.
It fits, in my mind, that we should be studying Matthews Gospel account next because we just completed the book of Revelation a few months ago. That book shows us the work of Christ when He comes again, to settle the score with Satan and to take back what rightfully belongs to Him, the world and all that is in it. What is exciting about Matthews Gospel is that we will see Jesus in His Royalty. That’s the angle from which Matthew presents Jesus .
To do so, He begins with the genealogy of Jesus. A rather interesting way to start a book in my option. But after you study in, you realize it makes perfect sense. Matthews point is to prove to the Jews that Jesus is the rightful heir to the throne of David by legal decent, through Joseph, the man who was married to Mary, Jesus’s mother.
I have only briefly looked into my family history. I really know very little from my father’s side. I do know that his family, several generations before him, immigrated to the US from Poland and parts of Romania before the Iron Curtain was figuratively erected. I know his family was Jewish and that my father trusted Christ to be His Savor while he was serving in Vietnam during the war. I’m so thankful that he did. Because I have the benefit of seeing how God used his faith to open my heart to Christ.
I just recently, this week in fact, began to read through a family genealogy on my mother’s side. I did that in preparation for Matthews Gospel. I thought it would be interesting to see what one of my cousins wrote. What I found was astonishing. He was able to trace my mother’s family line to the sister of George Washington and another Grandfather to a former governor of Virginia. I was blown away. How cool is it to have that kind of roots?
When I learned these things about my life, it opened my eyes to the purposefulness that God has in doing what He does. Things like that don’t just happen by chance. And neither did the coming of Christ. Christ came through a long line of people, purposefully put in His lineage, so He would be here just at the right time to do His work. For example, Joseph was not His physical father. That is significant by what we lean in Matthew’s genealogy of Jesus. In a nutshell, Joseph was the rightful heir to the throne of David, the King of Israel because He was the direct decent of Abraham through David. But, Jesus could not be considered the rightful heir, physically through Joseph, because way back, before Joseph, there was a King, who was so wicked that God removed the royal line from ever sitting on the throne of David. That posed a problem for Joseph’s descendants, if Jesus was to be a rightful heir. So, to be true to His Word, God come over Mary, a daughter also in the line of King David, to bring Jesus into the world. In other words, through Mary, Jesus would become the physical heir to the throne. So, through Joseph, Jesus would be the legal heir, simply because blood does not change even though the Lord changed who would sit on the throne from Joseph’s line. But the physical right had to come through Mary in order to cover the bases.
I don’t know about you, but it excites me to see how God has been so purposeful throughout the centuries, to accomplish His purpose of redemption. God made a way for mankind to be redeemed, even through all the sinful people in the line of Jesus, and there were many. And God did that because He is God and because He has the ability to perform all that He plans to do, through whomever He plans to use.
I have often through of that very truth over the years. Specifically, I am talking about how I have felt very unusable at times. Kind of like there was no way God could use me for anything. Maybe you have felt the same way. Well, let me encourage you. We, neither you nor I, know what God is doing through us. We will never be the father’s or mother’s of the Lord, but we can be used greatly in the spiritual line of Jesus. The Word of the Lord teaches us that we are adopted into His family when we accept Him as our Lord and Savior. So when we become part of His family, He uses us and greatly wants to use us, to pass on a godly heritage spiritually. He wants to use us to pass the truth of salvation on to others, so they will know Him as we are known by Him.
As you look at your life, maybe you see a mess of mistakes. Most of which you cannot change. But let me encourage you, if you are in Christ, you are greatly useful. Maybe not in ways you will ever see, because God’s work is so much bigger than us. But if God can do what He did to bring His Son into the world, and make Him legally and physically the righteous heir to the throne of David, He can surly use our lives for some purpose that will have value to Him.
Remember, God doesn’t make any mistakes, you are purposeful and have a great purpose. From the moment your where a thought in His mind, you had a purpose. Just trust Him every day for what He may be doing and live your live for Him every moment. He will know what to do from there.