Ancestry is making a come-back. More than 10 million people have mailed in a sample of their saliva in exchange for detailed information of their origin. Are there any living relatives I don’t know about? What countries and specific regions is my family from? What journeys and migrations did my ancestors travel? The list goes on.
But the importance of genealogy isn’t a new thing. In fact, the entire book of the Bible is one big record of Jesus’ lineage, and for all of those who put their faith in Christ, it tells of our lineage as well.
Thousands of years before Jesus was born into this world, God told Abraham: “All the families on earth will be blessed through you.” We know this man Abraham didn’t become a father of nations in a physical or political sense during his lifetime. Rather, centuries later, further down his family tree, Jesus entered the world—and in Him, Abraham’s covenant was ultimately fulfilled.
Now for everyone who puts their faith in Christ, the Bible also calls us sons and daughters of Abraham. Not because he was in the delivery room as we were born nor because he raised us throughout our childhood—but because we believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, just like Abram. No matter who we are or what are DNA tells us, we are made right with God the moment we place our faith in Jesus Christ. Romans 3:22 says, “This is true for everyone who believes.”
- Have you placed your hope, trust, and faith in Jesus Christ?
- The NIV translation of Romans 3:22 says it this way: “This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile.” Meditate on this truth today. If God makes no distinction between us, how can we also share the Good News with someone we previously deemed unlikely to listen?
The Call of Abram
1 The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you. 2 I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others. 3 I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt. All the families on earth will be blessed through you.”
4 So Abram departed as the Lord had instructed, and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he left Haran.
24 “Starting with Samuel, every prophet spoke about what is happening today. 25 You are the children of those prophets, and you are included in the covenant God promised to your ancestors. For God said to Abraham, ‘Through your descendants all the families on earth will be blessed.’ 26 When God raised up his servant, Jesus, he sent him first to you people of Israel, to bless you by turning each of you back from your sinful ways.”
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