Devotions, Thoughts on Christmas

Thoughts on Christmas: Seeing our Significance in Jesus

“This is the genealogy[a] of Jesus the Messiah[b] the son of David, the son of Abraham:

2 Abraham was the father of Isaac,
Isaac the father of Jacob,
Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers,
3 Judah the father of Perez and Zerah, whose mother was Tamar,
Perez the father of Hezron,
Hezron the father of Ram,
4 Ram the father of Amminadab,
Amminadab the father of Nahshon,
Nahshon the father of Salmon,
5 Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab,
Boaz the father of Obed, whose mother was Ruth,
Obed the father of Jesse,
6 and Jesse the father of King David.

David was the father of Solomon, whose mother had been Uriah’s wife,
7 Solomon the father of Rehoboam,
Rehoboam the father of Abijah,
Abijah the father of Asa,
8 Asa the father of Jehoshaphat,
Jehoshaphat the father of Jehoram,
Jehoram the father of Uzziah,
9 Uzziah the father of Jotham,
Jotham the father of Ahaz,
Ahaz the father of Hezekiah,
10 Hezekiah the father of Manasseh,
Manasseh the father of Amon,
Amon the father of Josiah,
11 and Josiah the father of Jeconiah[c] and his brothers at the time of the exile to Babylon.

12 After the exile to Babylon:
Jeconiah was the father of Shealtiel,
Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel,
13 Zerubbabel the father of Abihud,
Abihud the father of Eliakim,
Eliakim the father of Azor,
14 Azor the father of Zadok,
Zadok the father of Akim,
Akim the father of Elihud,
15 Elihud the father of Eleazar,
Eleazar the father of Matthan,
Matthan the father of Jacob,
16 and Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, and Mary was the mother of Jesus who is called the Messiah.

17 Thus there were fourteen generations in all from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the exile to Babylon, and fourteen from the exile to the Messiah.
Matthew 1:1-17

Do you ever feel ignored? Insignificant? Do you ever wonder where exactly you fit into God’s plan? Or if the part you play in it will be important enough?

As I reflect on the accounts in Matthew and Luke that tell of the birth of our Lord, I was spending some time in Matthew 1. I have to admit, usually, I just sort of skim over the genealogy sections. This time, though, I began to really look at each name in this group of men and women and to think about them.

Forty two men. Five woman. Forty seven people total.

Who were they?

Some of them we surely know a lot about. Abraham, Rahab, Boaz, Jesse, David, Bathsheba (Uriah’s wife), Solomon are among some of the familiar names. We have information about some of those folks, but what about the others?

Are there some, perhaps, that aren’t mentioned at all in the Old Testament?

As I thought about this relatively small group of people, I started to wonder if when they were living their lives, going about their normal, everyday business if they sometimes felt insignificant, like their lives did not matter?

They surely knew they were descendants of Abraham and David, but they couldn’t have known that they would be one of just 42 men and woman who would be in the line of the Messiah. There were other descendants of Abraham, Issac and David, after all.

Looking at it after Jesus was born, we can see the big picture of this long line of ancestors. We clearly see their significance, because their significance is in how they are connected to Jesus.

That, my friends, is where our significance lies as well.

If we know Jesus personally as our Lord and Savior then we are never insignificant. Because of our connection to Him, our lives will ALWAYS matter.

Why? Simply because we are His and He is ours. No matter what else happens in our lives or who else ever notices, or doesn’t notice us, if He is our Savior, we have significance and it’s all because of Him.

It’s all because of Him.

All our significance.
All our worth.
All our value.

It’s because of Him and what He came to earth to do so many Christmases ago.

One day, we will see the big picture looking back too and we will see our unique and important place in God’s plan. What a joy that will be!

But, now, our joy can be in the fact that we, too, get to be one of the chosen who are connected to Jesus, as our Savior and our Lord, if we’ve accepted Him as such. If you have, won’t you thank God today for that wonderful connection we have with Him through His Son, Jesus?

Also, if you don’t have that connection yet, you are invited to do so. He came for you too. He loves you too and wants you to know Him as your personal Lord and Savior. If you don’t, won’t you consider accepting Him now?

Dear Jesus, I thank you so much for coming to earth to willingly take my place on the cross to pay the price for my sin. I am so sorry for my sin and for the fact that it has separated me from You and Your Holiness. Forgive me, Lord. Thank You for doing that and allowing me to have a relationship with You. Thank You for the significance and worth that comes from simply knowing You and being Your child. Please help me to live my life in light of all You’ve done in my life. Amen.

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