Netflixmas: Christmas Vacation: Searching for a Family - Thursday
All of this occurred to fulfill the Lord’s message through his prophet: “Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means ‘God is with us.’” When Joseph woke up, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded and took Mary as his wife.
What if the fulfillment of God's greatest promises depended upon our faithfulness? That's a tough question. But verses 23-24 talk about how this happened with Joseph and Mary. I’ve always thought Matthew chapter 1 was interesting in that Matthew chooses to start his book with the genealogy of Jesus – why would he do that? I think it’s pretty simple – in doing so, Matthew is demonstrating that Jesus is just like the rest of us. His family tree is full of people that aren’t up to par with who Jesus was. There are murderers, prostitutes, liars and more. That almost makes my family tree look tame. Almost. I think we’ve all got parts of our own genealogy that we wish weren’t there. Parts that we think might have set us down the wrong path – divorce, alcoholism, immorality. But the things in our past don’t have to determine our future.
In very simple and straightforward terms, Matthew tells how God spoke his will through the prophets and angels as well as how Joseph and Mary obeyed what God told them to do. They could have simply sat back and allowed their past and messed up family tree to influence their decision, but with one choice to be different and obey God, they changed the course of human history.
You may not have quite that level of opportunity for faithfulness laid in front of you – a decision that could change the world – but you just might. And how you handle that depends on how you choose to be now – not how you were yesterday. God can take ANYTHING in your past and redeem it and use it for His greater good and glory. Today is the day that matters.
- What are the parts of your history or your family’s history that God can redeem if you allow Him to?
- What is the thing that God, right now, is asking you to be faithful with within your family?