God in our Brokenness

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As we look towards Christmas in expectation and anticipation, we are discussing the greatest story every retold. It has been retold and retold for roughly 2,000 years. This is my seventh Christmas at First Baptist Crawford. I’ve already told these stories to this particular audience six times … and here comes another telling.

But the truth is … we enjoy retelling stories.

Today a modern version retelling a story is a text message. How many of you have been going through your day and something horrible, funny, frustrating happens and you think … We’ll he or she must hear this! And in a furry of thumbs and fingers a text message retells the story.

You’ve most likely heard the Christmas stories. But they are worth retelling.

Today we start the Christmas story at a spot often skipped.   If someone is retelling a story and is boring you with details, you might tell them “Get to the good part.”

Before we get to the birth of the Savior we have some important, but often skipped, background to cover. Refrain from shouting, “Get to the good part!”

Join me in reading [Mathew 1:1-17].


This is the genealogy of Jesus the Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham:

Abraham was the father of Isaac,
Isaac the father of Jacob,
Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers …


I know: “Get to the good part.”

The truth is … this is the good part. We simply need ears to hear it.  What is the purpose of the genealogy?

This passage begins “a record of the genealogy of Jesus Christ.” It is important to remember that “Christ” is not a last name. Rather, it is a title. “Christ” is the New Testament word for the Old Testament word “Messiah.” Jesus, the promised Savior spoken about by the prophets. The Gospel of Matthew announces from the very start: The one we’ve waited for is here! The wait is over!

Jesus’ ancestry is given to us in great detail. One by One. From Abraham all the way down to Jesus. The genealogy links Jesus to the great figures of faith in the history of the people of God. Yet, some surprises are to be found along the way.

Are you ready for some surprises?

In this long list of names readers find four women:

  • Tamar
  • Rahab
  • Ruth
  • Bathsheba
  • (Mary)

To list women in the genealogy is surprising enough for a Jewish audience. Yet, if the names ring a bell the surprise is even greater.

Tamar

  • Genesis 38
  • Gave birth to twins through incest
  • She’s in the genealogy of the Savior

 

Rahab

  • Joshua 2
  • Clearly described as a prostitute
  • She’s in the genealogy of the Savior

 

Ruth

  • Story depicted in a book that bears her name
  • A poor widow and a Moabite (a people known for sexual immorality)
  • She’s in the genealogy of the Savior

 

Bathsheba

  • 2 Samuel 11
  • Brought into the family tree through adultery and murder
  • She’s in the genealogy of the Savior

 

We’ll read Mary’s scandalous story in the days to come.  Not the kind of names a good Jewish person would boast of at the beginning of a story!

Yet, it gets even worse if you look close enough. Even if the “good guys” aren’t so good. At the outset Jesus is described as “the son of David, the son of Abraham.”

David

  • 2 Samuel 11
  • The main character in the adulterous and murderous story line mentioned earlier

 

Abraham

  • Genesis 12 and 20.
  • Lied about the identity of his wife for his own personal gain
  • Genesis 16
  • Tried to speed up the plan of God by sleeping with his maidservant.

 

All of this in the genealogy of the promised Savior. What’s the big deal? Why does this genealogy matter?

It is a big deal. It does matter. Because it gives us a front row seat to the character of God. You might ask, “Will God show up here? In my life? In this mess?”  We can answer that with “absolutely.

Will God show up in my marriage?

Will God show up in my workplace?

Will God show up in my depression?

Will God show up in my addiction?

Will God show up in my frustration?

Will God show up in my failure?

Will God show up in my struggle?

Will God show up in my ordinary day?

Will God show up in my ordinary life?

Absolutely. He has done it before and he will do it again.

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