All Lives Connect To Jesus

hands-colorsNow Jesus Himself began His ministry at about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, the son of Heli, the son of Matthat, the son of Levi, the son of Melchi, the son of Janna, the son of Joseph, the son of Mattathiah, the son of Amos, the son of Nahum, the son of Esli, the son of Naggai, the son of Maath, the son of Mattathiah, the son of Semei, the son of Joseph, the son of Judah, the son of Joannas, the son of Rhesa, the son of Zerubbabel, the son of Shealtiel, the son of Neri, the son of Melchi, the son of Addi, the son of Cosam, the son of Elmodam, the son of Er, the son of Jose, the son of Eliezer, the son of Jorim, the son of Matthat, the son of Levi, the son of Simeon, the son of Judah, the son of Joseph, the son of Jonan, the son of Eliakim, the son of Melea, the son of Menan, the son of Mattathah, the son of Nathan, the son of David, the son of Jesse, the son of Obed, the son of Boaz, the son of Salmon, the son of Nahshon, the son of Amminadab, the son of Ram, the son of Hezron, the son of Perez, the son of Judah, the son of Jacob, the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham, the son of Terah, the son of Nahor, the son of Serug, the son of Reu, the son of Peleg, the son of Eber, the son of Shelah, the son of Cainan, the son of Arphaxad, the son of Shem, the son of Noah, the son of Lamech, the son of Methuselah, the son of Enoch, the son of Jared, the son of Mahalalel, the son of Cainan, the son of Enosh, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God. (Luke 3:23-38)

All Lives Connect To Jesus

Genealogies are not the most exciting passages to read in the Bible. There are a lot of who begot whom and names hard to pronounce. It is hard to draw lessons from these lists found many times throughout holy scrip. Studies of genealogy are a form of a hobby for most people but to the Jew it was their identity. Coming from twelve tribes of Israel, it was vital for every Jew to know which tribe they belonged. Throughout the centuries, families passed down the lineage to maintain the structure and order of their heritage. It was not until the coming of Christ and the dissolution of the nation of Israel that tribal identity was lost. Jews today have no lineage to trace but to Abraham.

Matthew and Luke both record the lineage of Jesus. Luke is the author that takes Jesus back to Adam, declaring Jesus to be a man. His book unveils the humanity of Jesus in contrast to John’s message of the divinity of Christ. Matthew’s genealogy establishes Jesus as the son of Abraham fulfilling the seed promise through the lineage of Israel. When Luke pens the genealogy of Jesus to Adam he brings together every human being on the face of the earth regardless of skin color, nationality or language. The student of the Bible realizes that we are all brothers and sisters because we all come from Adam and Eve.

Jesus was born in the flesh as every person comes into the world. Gabriel told Mary the Holy Spirit would come over her and the power of the Highest would overshadow her as Jesus was conceived in her womb. She was pregnant for a period of nine months and while in Bethlehem gave birth to Jesus in the same manner as all women. Jesus was a baby who had to learn to walk, talk and grew into manhood in the same manner as all men. He is the son of Adam. I am a son of Adam. You are a son of Adam. We all come from the same family of Adam and Eve. Following the great flood of Noah’s day, the nations of the earth came from Ham, Shem and Japheth but we remain the same family. The tower of Babel created the nationalities and cultures of the earth but we retain the same DNA markers of Adam and Eve.

Luke’s account of the genealogy of Jesus should remind us that we ALL share in the lineage of God’s son – physically and spiritually. The Son of God left His glory and became a man of flesh to show how important every life matters to the Father. Because of Adam, we are all brothers and sisters. By the power of the word of God, Adam and Eve were formed to create a world of people. The sadness of hatred is that those we hate are those of our own family and Jesus is one of our family members in the flesh. When we hate someone, we hate Jesus. More importantly, Jesus came to bring an abundant life through His death on the cross. The Son of God died for everyone. He died for every tone of skin, size, age, gender, nationality and Jesus died for all men beginning at Adam.

Every life is precious to God. He proved it by giving His only begotten Son as a sacrifice. Hatred killed the Son of God but love brought Him from the tomb. God’s grace is offered to all men – from Adam to the precious child born today. You and I share the same lineage as we trace our heritage to a garden called Eden. Sin destroyed that happiness and continues to fill the world with hatred. Remember that Jesus is the Son of Man and we are His brethren. Love one another. Pray for one another. Be at peace with all men – all lives matter to Jesus Christ.

Few of us realize that racism is man’s gravest threat to man, the maximum of hatred for a minimum of reason, the maximum of cruelty for a minimum of thinking. (Abraham J. Heschel, Address, Chicago, January, 1963)

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