“The Word became flesh and made his home among us.
We have seen his glory, glory like that of a father's only son, full of grace and truth.”
John 1:14 CEB
As I remember family this holiday season, I am grateful for the set of footprints my ancestors left for me to follow. Certainly, some of those footprints were not perfect, but they still showed me the way to a perfect God.
My own flawed genealogy helps me see the genealogy of Jesus differently. The stories of many of those listed there were not so pretty, either. Yet through a bloodline of adultery, murder, idolatry, and even incest, Jesus was born. And that Christ child, whose blood was both divine and human, became the center of Grace for all who believed, for those before and those after.
Grace is the foundation of relationship. Without grace, we see only flaws—without grace, there is no connection with God or each other. God gives us grace freely, but He asks us to pass it on. Receiving and giving grace is the only way to keep the connection with God flowing from generation to generation.
Giving grace is not always easy, but Christmas gives me hope—Grace entered the world through Jesus’ flawed genealogy—Grace came to me through my flawed genealogy. So, I can believe that even through my imperfect story, HIS Grace will flow to the next generation!
Will you help me keep the Grace Connection flowing?