THE FAMILY TREE
There’s so much talk about finding our roots these days. I started to do some digging a while back but came up against a road block which hindered any further discovery. In God’s Word, Luke clearly gives a picture of Jesus’ bloodline all the way back to Adam & Eve. It was then that the original covenant was made between God and man. A Savior would rescue the world from their sins. The genealogy of Jesus includes a number of interesting characters. It wasn’t a pure bloodline at all.
There were murderers, adulterers, swindlers, liars, the evil and brutal men and women just like you and me. Jesus was not a sinner, because He held the blood of God in his veins, but He was a real man with the same problems that faced many of his friends and family members.
You can do the research yourself, by reading Luke 3:23-38. We start with Adam and Eve. There were those who had no involvement in the Jewish faith. Ruth married into it when she became Mrs. Boaz. Tamar, Rahab and Bathsheba were all women of questionable character. Ruth and Rahab were Gentiles. There are an assortment of heroes of the Bible, like Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, along with Joseph, the dreamer, who spent time in prison for being falsely accused of rape. He came to the attention of the pharaoh and interpreted dreams for him. King David was the apple of God’s eye, yet his sins included adultery, espionage and murder. Even with all those sins, He regained favor in God’s eyes through repentance. David was the warrior king. It was a king like that which the Jews longed for in Jesus’ lifetime, to defeat their enemies.
This long line of begat and begotten are clear evidence that Jesus was the legal heir to the covenant promise associated with David’s throne. Both Mary and Joseph could trace their heritage back to King David and even though Joseph was not the father of Jesus, his genealogy seals the promise doubly. When they went to register for the census, they went to Bethlehem, the birthplace of David. The truth of these genealogies is part of the Jewish culture. They were meticulous at keeping birth and death records over the course of time.
The unique mixture of people usually pops up in our own ancestry. There are often a few skeletons in the closet and it was no different in Jesus’ bloodline. This defines His humanity. His relatives were often ordinary, unexceptional people, who would bring forth the most exceptional human being to walk the earth. Yet His blood was fused with God the Father. What a mystery, yet what lovely truth. God uses everyone for a purpose in His already mapped out plan for humanity.
Our DNA holds clues to who we are and where we came from. Those elements played a part in Jesus’ makeup as well. He saw poverty and wept for those who had no food. He even provided meals at times. He struggled as he watched families around him scrounging to make ends meet, yet all He could do was support and comfort them. He grew angry when He saw how the church had been corrupted and He wept when His friend died.
The Old Testament is filled with prophesy regarding the Messiah and Jesus fulfilled them. He would a man of sorrows, having no place to rest His head. He would be abused, rebuked, bullied, smitten and afflicted. His hands and feet would be pierced. He would be betrayed and rejected by His closest followers. He was born to one purpose alone – a man, yes, but also God in every way.