Sermon Snap Shot December 10, 2017

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Sermon Snap Shot December 10, 2017

I believe Matthew shares this baby’s genealogy in this way to remind us that this annointed one, this Messiah was going to be different. Yes, he would become a king, but in his kingdom even the shadiest of shady characters would be welcome. Even the most vile, the most crooked, the most repugnant – outsiders like Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Jechoniah and Zacchaeus – could one day be called sons and daughters of Abraham too.
We too should be careful when we pull back the curtain on our own genealogies. As in Jesus’ case, we will discover all kinds of characters, some that we will want to claim and others that will make us blush. And just as we see in this child’s genealogy – the one who would be one day be called Messiah, Son of David and Son of Abraham among other names – we will also discover something else. If we look closely, we will see how God’s mighty and providential hand has been at work, all along, to bring us to the place where we, like all others before us, are given this charge, this challenge, this invitation:
“You have been blessed. So go…go…and be a blessing to others. Be a blessing to all throughout the world.”
 
From Sunday December 17 message based on Matthew 1:1-17 entitled, “What Shall His Name Be? Messiah, Son of David, Son of Abraham”
 
Rev. Lane Glaze
Pastor, Waters Edge UMC

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