Proof Positive

Tuesday, December 17

12-17By Talitha Pennington of Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA

An account of the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah, the son of David, the son of Abraham…and Jacob the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born, who is called the Messiah.

        —Matthew 1:1, 16

My husband, like his mother, is one of millions of people who love genealogy. He has traveled to cemeteries, courthouses, and libraries, as well as doing online research. He is trying to trace his ancestry back as far as possible. For some, it is just a hobby of interest; for others it’s important to “find out where they came from.” Having proof of heritage may provide needed medical history or links for membership in certain organizations.

The opening 17 verses of the gospel of Matthew begin with a genealogy for Jesus. Many times this is text that we gloss over. Matthew connects one generation to the next from Abraham through to Joseph. For Matthew, who was writing for the early Christian community, showing that Jesus was a “son of David” was important. After all, they believed prophets had declared the Messiah would come from David’s lineage.

Do we need proof that Jesus is the Christ? The only real proof comes when we open our hearts to “Emmanuel—God with us.” May his extraordinary love fill your heart to overflowing this Christmas and beyond.

Prayer for Peace
God of ages past and ages to come, allow us to open our minds and hearts to speakers across time. May we look back with respect for tradition, and look forward with joyful expectation. May Christ remain in our hearts as evidence of your love.

Spiritual Practice for Advent: Love
Reflect on the love of God. How is it that God sent Christ to be “all our loves exceeding?” How do you see God’s love revealed in Christ? How is God’s love revealed in your own life? Think of ways you can express that love as you prepare for the Son of God—love’s pure light? Thank God for the ultimate gift of love: Jesus Christ.

Peace Covenant
Today, God, I will be aware of “where I come from” and where I am going on the joyful path to peace.

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