Both Matthew and Luke make a point of telling us about Jesus’ lineage. Part of the story of the red thread of redemption is about the family of Jesus, with all of his ancestors’ imperfections. Jesus fulfilled all the promises of the Old Testament and especially those made to his ancestors. He never ignored the unique place given to the Jews, the people of God; instead, he did something remarkable: He extended membership in God’s family to anyone who wanted it. He embodied the role of kinsman-redeemer completely and offered his protection, restoration and deliverance to everyone. Adoption into a family is the best metaphor for how all Jesus followers should view themselves.
Questions for further thought:
1. Do you dare to think of yourself as a brother or sister to Jesus, or does that feel like elevating your status too much sometimes?
2. What could you do to make it easier to visualize that you really are a son or daughter of God?
Challenge: Let’s pray together for the redemption of the pandemic situation. God redeems us in individual and specific ways, so besides praying for healing, we can pray for individuals we know who need Jesus to find him … and that whenever possible, others can see him through our faithfulness.
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