The story of the birth of Jesus always fascinates me each and every time I read it. In my study one central point caught my attention: who we are outside of Him is not significant. What is crucial for all people is a relationship with God through His Son Jesus Christ.
When we look at the story, especially the family dynamics of the Messiah, we realize that it doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from God can use you for His glory. The Gospel writer Luke gives special attention to women and family relations and reinforces the theme that salvation is for all people. John’s gospel speaks to us on a personal level to remind us that the Savior is the vessel that God uses to bring us into His family. Mark shows Jesus in active ministry especially attentive to the needs of the least of them. Matthew begins with the family tree of Jesus and shows us and the early Jews that He is the long promised Messiah who was of the seed of David, the tribe of Judah. In that long line of family history, forty-two generations, four names stand out among them all. Tamar, Ruth, Rahab and Bathsheba are all included. Why do these names stand out among all the other folk that were mentioned? They are all women in a largely patriarchal society. During biblical times everything relied on male leadership and authority. Matthew took the time to mention these ladies with murky and questionable backgrounds, mixed with the innocence of a virgin girl named Mary, to show us that God uses willing vessels. If you are willing to submit yourself to his sovereignty, God will use you for His glory no matter who you are, where you came from, or what you have done. Tamar (Genesis 38) the daughter-in-law of Judah had to trick him into leaving an heir for her husband. Rahab was a prostitute. (Joshua 2) Ruth was a Moabite who was born because of an incident of incest (Genesis 19 ) Bathsheba was in innocent bystander whose husband was killed by the king ( 2 Samuel 11).
All of these women with diverse backgrounds reminded me that it is not our past that determines our future (and most of all) other folks blood doesn’t matter. (Hallelujah!) No matter what we have in our past. Our relationship with Jesus cancels out everything. Every morning we rise to another day with opportunity to do those things that prove we are who we say we are. (Christians=Christ like) Every morning gives us another chance to do those things that will give Him glory. Every day in the life of a yielded vessel for God will bring light in this world of darkness. It doesn’t matter who you are. It doesn’t matter what you have done. It just doesn’t matter.