Bringing the barriers down
Reading: Matthew 1 v 1 - 17
There’s always a few skeleton’s in the cupboard! A relative or two with an edgy reputation whose name is followed by a ‘Shhh’ when they’re mentioned.
In Matthew’s ‘Who’s Who’ of Jesus family, there’s a few dodgy people in there too. And this is good news for you and me. Pedigree and heritage was so important to Matthew’s readers, so why would he include the names of people with dodgy reputations especially when it came to connecting them to Christ?
Jesus brings barriers down.
The racial barrier comes falling down. Rahab, a Gentile (from Moab) finds her place in the family tree of God. All people, everywhere are called by God to ‘look upon the Son and believe in him,’ John 6 v 40.
The gender barrier between men and woman comes down too. Men and women stand equal before God - a huge cultural shift at the time.
And vitally, Jesus removes the barrier between saint and sinner. There’s plenty of eye raising antics from the people God used and yet He has them in Jesus’ family line.
Paul writes to the church in Rome these life giving words, ‘For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither heights nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.’
Hope is coming. Hope brings the barriers down. Hope keeps the barriers down. Nothing you’ve done nor anything about you can separate you from God’s love and his purposes when you have faith in His Son.
‘Dear God, help me understand I am loved by you through Christ. Thank you that your future is bigger than my past. Amen.’