Karen’s Column - The Family Tree
Posted: Tue, 3rd Dec 2013
The Christmas season is upon us and that means parties! I haven’t given it much thought before, but when we meet someone and are trying to make conversation, it’s really helpful to know something about them.
If we are introducing others, we often say something complimentary like, “This is Jess and she made it to state showjumping this year” or “Tom here just got a job as Megan Jones’ new groom.” But how weird it would be if people told us the bad things about themselves as soon as we met? Like if you met me and I said “Hi I’m Karen and I’m a shoplifter”. I can assure you that this isn’t true, but that would be a weird way to introduce yourself, wouldn’t it?
I don’t know if you’ve ever read the story of the first Christmas, but if you read Matthew’s gospel (story of Jesus) it starts with Jesus’ family tree. He goes back a massive forty generations and lists all sorts of people. One was a murderer, one sold his wife into a King’s harem, one went mad and one was a prostitute and there were some good guys too J. Now if someone was publishing our family tree, I think I’d like them to leave out the embarrassing details… wouldn’t you? But Jesus’ family tree is very eye-opening and honest. In fact, it’s like a ‘who’s who’ of great mistakes - and that’s the very first chapter of the New Testament.
Why would Jesus want that recorded?
Into the silent night of Christmas Eve 1906, Reginald Fessenden, the inventor of the AM radio, made the first radio broadcast in history. He broke the silence by reading these words to the world: “Good news! Great joy! A saviour has been born to you, He is Christ the Lord”
Jesus wanted the mistakes of the past recorded for all history because it fits perfectly with what Christmas is all about. The message of Christmas is that God has reached down to us despite our faults and failings. He is full of love, grace, forgiveness and truth. No one on earth is too far from His love, no one is beyond His reach. He loves you even in the midst of life’s catastrophes and chaos. He offers to be your saviour no matter your mistakes. That is the great news and the message of Christmas! Big mistakes? They are no obstacle to God’s love.
Merry Christmas everyone… The Saviour has come!