2019 Advent Devotional – Day 8


Matthew 1:17 – The generational scope of Jesus’ genealogy

So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David to the deportation to Babylon, fourteen generations; and from the deportation to Babylon to the Messiah, fourteen generations.

Generations - Walton United Church, Oakville, Ontario

Finally, Matthew completes Jesus’ family tree, emphasizing the generational links from Jesus to David and back to Abraham. In this way, Jesus is firmly established as a flesh-and-blood human, with family connections stretching back to the origins of the people of Israel. And through their lives, Jesus’ ancestry is woven into the stories of real people with real problems and real failings. 

This varied family history provides a fitting foundation then for the body of Christ—the church and all believers. With the birth of Christ, God promises to join us in our humanity and be with us throughout the generations from this point forward. 

And, as with the generations outlined in Matthew’s genealogy, it doesn’t matter whether we are flawed or faithful, royal or regular, God promises to welcome and forgive us, to love and accept us, and to call us to respond through our lives—God’s faithfulness extending across all humanity.

Eternal God,
Thank you that you are with me today, as you have been for generations of believers, supporting me in my life, and nurturing me in my faith. Thank you that, as in the generations of Jesus’ ancestors, no one is beyond your redemption or your care; that your love overcomes all my weaknesses and limitations. Accept my flawed humanity and use it for your purpose. Amen.

Thank you for joining us on this prayerful path through Advent.
Blessings and best wishes for 2020.

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