When we think of Christmas time, it conjures a host of feelings and images. For some, the season stirs fond memories of decorating a Christmas tree, the smell of fresh gingerbread baking in the oven or maybe the sound of Christmas carols sung around an out of tune piano.
For others, Christmas time is a painful reminder of who is no longer at the Christmas table. Or perhaps it’s getting to meet new family members for the first time.
The truth is that Christmas time amplifies all our emotions both good and bad. And nowhere is this most evident than in our interactions with family around the holidays!
It’s true, we all have interesting families and the holidays are when we all get together!
It’s the weird uncle that always smells like Brut cologne and …
That aunt and uncle who always seem to fight about the smallest things…
The new girlfriend your nephew shows up with (you’ve learned to keep a spare Starbucks gift card on hand just for these surprises right?)
We all have families and many of us have truly wacky families!
The truth is that Jesus also came from a family tree that makes many of ours look tame! Think about it, in Matthew chapter 1 we read about a liar, a murderer, a cheater, a deceiver, an adulterer, some evil kings, some good kings and the list goes on and on.
Matthew’s gospel shows us that Jesus was born of a virgin through royal line of misfits, wicked people, good people, normal people… Jews and Gentiles people who didn’t have it all together. A family lineage with plenty of drama. And yet His name not only reveals his family tree but names meant something in Bible times. MT 1:23 quotes Isaiah 7:14 “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel – which means “God with us.”
Don’t miss that… He is with us! When you feel alone and afraid. He’s with us! When you feel abandoned and betrayed. He’s with us!
Over the next 3 weeks, we’ll be looking at the lineage of Jesus in a sermon series called “My Wacky Family”. Join us as we look at what God can teach us all through our families during the holidays.