As we walk through the genealogy of Matthew chapter 1, we have a picture of what it might be like today as we navigate family reunions. We never know who will show up. We hope they will be a  blessing but sometimes they become an embarrassment such as when “Uncle Judah”  of Genesis 38 shows up. Memories flash through our minds of his two wives and his unrighteous sons. We feign welcome but our minds reel at his latest episode of impregnating his daughter in law unsuspectingly.  And here he is in the line of Christ along with 'that" daughter in law Tamar! We ask how could this be? The answer is but for the grace and sovereign hand of God. God reveals that He will make us part of His family when we seek His face and His forgiveness. He used people who were righteous such as Abraham but also rascals such as Judah. And how did that happen?  

But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”[ 1Co 6:11]

Fast forward to where Matthew reveals that it was not until 14 generations had passed that God sent His Son to be born of a virgin and join this genealogical lineage in all of his purity and righteousness that no other had had and he would do it through the power of the Holy Spirit. And then God would provide a righteous earthly father to shelter the virgin. God’s plan in eternity past came to fruition that we might behold His glory, Emmanuel, God with us and the very radiance of God himself.

God had a master plan for Judah and He has one for you. He sent His Son to save you from your sins so that you could be included in his family reunion. You may have lived an upright life by the world's standards but if you have not given your life to Christ you are as much a rascal as Judah. Jesus says:  "Come unto Me and I will give you rest." I promise that your name will be written in my book of life. Have you had taken that step? 


Published by Gaye Austin