Where are you from?
I watched the television show, “Where are you from?” It follows high profiled people as they look at their ancestral roots. It was interesting and got me thinking about my own family. Like most people I am a mixed breed. German, Dutch, French and a little Indian make up my family recipe. Unfortunately, this is about all I know. I have never researched on ancestry.com or followed the genealogy line. Everything I know is from the stories that have been passed down. As with most families, sometimes there have been exaggerations. Basically, I really have no idea what is the real story.
My husband often will tell of his family’s roots that go back to Wales and Ireland. This is a comical affair because he tries to speak with an accent. It’s funny, ok hysterical, because, I am not sure that is sounds anything like the real accent.
I am sure that if I researched my family history some more I would find the good, bad and ugly truth of my family. Where we come from is both interesting and important. There is however a more valuable history that we as Christians are a part of.
Biblically the genealogy or family line is significant and is included in the bible for a reason. Jesus has two family lines listed. One was from his adopted father Joseph in Matthew 1 and the other was from his mother Mary in Luke 3.
I love how God placed this information in the bible. It shows us how he fulfilled his promise to David and gives us our own faith genealogy.
“When your days are over and you rest with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, who will come from your own body, and I will establish his kingdom. He is the one who will build a house for my Name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.”
2 Samuel 7:12-13.
The line of David reaches through the line of Seth to Noah, through the line of Shem to Abraham. Then through the lines of Isaac, Jacob, Judah, David, and to Jesus.
Jesus line was also followed through Mary through David’s son Nathan to show the bloodline.
Within the lineage of Jesus there are many, different people listed. Five women are named which I just love! Then there are those who had less than stellar reputations. Jesus who was and is perfect did not come from an ancestry of perfect people! Thankfully this means that you and I can be included too!
There is hope for me! I am not required to carry on my own families traits and sins!
Thank you for new beginnings! Thank you for making a way for us to have a new life and a new identity because of Christ! Your love and plan is amazing! Help me to love and cherish the family of Christ that you have given to me! Amen!