Blood Line

The story of Jesus's family tree will put any soap opera to shame. Shocking? Maybe, but it's the truth. I am knee deep in the story of David and I can tell you no author could write a better story. I was reading this morning about the son's of David. One son is a rapist, the other a murderer. David's house is filled with lust, betrayal, manipulation and deceit. Talk about skeletons in the family closet. Only, David's skeletons were on full display all the time. There were no secrets. It occurred to me as I read that this is Jesus's family line! I was grateful to God for reminding me of that because, well, I've struggled with feeling "not good enough" because of family strongholds. The enemy has tempted me to believe that I cannot overcome because certain things are "in my blood".

Do you ever feel that way?

I must say, as that reminder came to me about my Savior, I felt renewed hope. I cannot think of one sin that was not committed in David's house. Murder, rape, lies, hate, manipulation, adultery, all of them fall under his family tree. Yet, here we have the Savior of the world under the same tree. How can that be? How could such a perfect man come from such an imperfect family. Furthermore, I wonder if Jesus ever felt the sting of that imperfection. Just as people revered David and his line as something special, people knew the dirty side too. I can't help but think that people probably speculated about David's family just like we do today. I mean, don't we always remember the bad stuff more than the good? People were no different then. So, here we have this very famous family, full of their own skeletons, and then Jesus steps out, full of righteousness.

See, God had his pick of any family for Jesus to come from and while we know there's no such thing as perfect, he could have picked one that was a little less imperfect. I think though, that God was proving something to the world by sending Jesus to Joseph and Mary. He was proving to us that there is nothing we cannot overcome. He was proving that there is no stronghold that cannot be broken. More importantly though, I think he was proving how deep his redemption runs. Jesus doesn't just redeem a little. He redeems it all. Jesus  is proof that it is possible to step out of the shadow of strongholds and sin and be new.

So, it doesn't really matter "what's in your blood". There is no such thing as "destined to fail". If the perfect Savior of the entire world can step away from the strongholds of his family and overcome, what excuse can I possibly have? The truth is, we all have strongholds to overcome. We all have "skeletons" in our closet. The enemy will use these reminders to try and distract us from the truth. In fact, he probably did the same thing to Jesus, trying his best to pull him off the path set before him...but he failed. Jesus walked the path before him, and by doing so, offers me restoration and "new blood" if you will. How can I be sure of this? Well, when God looks at me, he says he sees only the perfect, unblemished blood of Jesus, not my blood. So, I guess what God was reminding me of today as I was reading about Jesus's family tree, is that there in no sin, no shame that runs so deep that it cannot be forgiven and redeemed. So hold your head up friend! God has a plan for your life, and his grace and love run deep in your veins. You have been made new...really, truly, perfectly new. What is the shame that makes you feel unworthy? What is the sin that you think is passed to you and so you are stuck with it? Be reminded today that Jesus faced ever sin, every shame and he overcame it. If he can, then I can and you can. Next time the enemy tries to pull me down with reminders of "what's in my blood" I will look him square in the face and remind him of the new, perfect blood that now runs in my veins, blood that he cannot touch, blood that he can never tarnish, blood that overcomes all his lies. Thank you Jesus, for your blood!

"Then he took the cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, "Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the new covenant, which is poured out for many, for the forgiveness of sins" (Matt 26:27-28)

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