Jesus’ Lineage Proves He Will Accept ANYONE Into His Family…
Loved ones, there are SO MANY people in this world who have not accepted/received Jesus as their Savior because they believe He would never love them in view of the sins they have committed (and/or the sins committed against them).
The Bible is clear:
Jesus runs TOWARD sinners, not away from us!
He doesn’t love us because we are lovable but because HE IS LOVE!
His love for us is based on His choice to do so, not on His feelings coming from our “faithfulness” to Him!
Let’s look at the brokenness of the family lineage of Jesus–the sinful/imperfect/wounded people whom Jesus is not ashamed to have in His family!
May the Holy Spirit use this list to help us see just how much Jesus wants us–no matter what we have done or what has been done to us–in His family as well:
Abraham: liar/coward (Genesis 20:1-2, 11), had a child outside of marriage (Genesis 16:1-4)
Isaac: favored one child (Esau) over the other (Jacob)(Genesis 25:28)
Jacob: liar/deceiver (Genesis 27:5-29), also favored one child (Joseph) over the other children (Genesis 37:3-4)
Judah: sold his brother (Joseph) into slavery (Genesis 37:12-36), slept with a woman (Tamar) whom he thought was a prostitute (but who happened to be his daughter-in-law)(Genesis 38:13-18)
Tamar: slept with her father-in-law (Judah) in order to have a son (Genesis 38:13-16)
Rahab: pagan prostitute (Joshua 2:1)
David: murderer and adulterer (2 Samuel 11:2-15), absentee Dad
Bathsheba: adulterer (2 Samuel 11:1-5)
Solomon: married hundreds of women and had hundreds of mistresses, worshiped false gods (1 Kings 11:1-4)
Rehoboam: cruel king who oppressed his people (1 Kings 12:13-14)
Abijah: an unfaithful king who did not learn from the poor choices of those before him (1 Kings 15:3)
Jehoram: unfaithful king who was easily influenced by others to do wrong (2 Kings 8:18)
As you can hopefully see, you do NOT have to get yourself “cleaned up” before you can come to Jesus, no more than you are supposed to wait to get healthy before you go see a doctor!
But once you do come to Him and accept His free forgiveness, He WILL clean you up because He already loves you, not so that He will eventually love you!
Please remember Jesus’ invitation to ALL of us in Matthew 11:28-30 NLT:
Then Jesus said, “Come to me,
all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens,
and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you.
Let me teach you,
because I am humble and gentle at heart,
and you will find rest for your souls.
For my yoke is easy to bear,
and the burden I give you is light.”
What an invitation! What a promise!
Please remember who Jesus invites to become a child of God thru faith in Jesus (John 1:12-13NIV):
“Yet to all who did receive him,
to those who believed in his name,
he gave the right to become children of God—
children born not of natural descent,
nor of human decision or a husband’s will,
but born of God.”
You may not feel like royalty, but Jesus treats you like royalty and is inviting you into His family to be royalty…forever.
What an invitation! Open it, accept it, and embrace Jesus with your dirty hands, tattered clothes, foul soul-odor, and bleeding wounds…The Doctor is in the house!
He loves you just as you are (and He loves you too much to leave you that way)[Rick Warren]…
Receive Christ today…