I love genealogies. For Christmas one year I received a subscription to ancestry.com. I ended up devoting the next 12 months to tracing my lineage as far back as I could go and down all the branches I could find.

One of the most fascinating things about tracking one’s family history is the connection you feel not just to “the past,” but specifically to “your past.”

I felt a unique interest in my ancestors not only because of their place and time, but because they are mine. In a very real way, their stories are my stories.

I have always enjoyed history and biography, but I am not nearly as eager to learn about the lives of someone else’s ancestors as my own. When I read history books or walk through cemeteries or scan photo albums, I don’t think twice about most of the names or faces I see, but I always give Jacksons a second glance.

When I read Jesus’ genealogy, I can and should approach it with the same passion as my own family tree–because it is my family tree.

Paul tells us in Romans 8:17:

Now if we are children, then we are heirs–heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.

We are co-heirs with Christ. We see also in Romans 8:29 and Hebrews 2:11 that we believers are called the brothers of Jesus. Jesus himself tells us who his family is in Mark 3:

“Who are my mother and my brothers?” he asked.

Then he looked at those seated in a circle around him and said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.”

This is all so amazing to me. I am a brother to Jesus. As much as I am a servant and slave to Christ, I am a family member, adopted into the fold of this divine family.

And so when I read the opening verse of Matthew–“This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah the son of David, the son of Abraham”I see that this is my genealogy too.


Posted by Griffin Paul Jackson

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