If Jesus really was the perfect human, it’s easy to make the mistake of thinking that we aren’t good enough for Him.
Many of us, believers or not, often feel we have failed God and His Son, and that our mistakes exclude us from his love and friendship.
Steve Wakeford, a pastor at MBM Church in Rooty Hill, says this couldn’t be further from the truth. In his Christmas message (watch below) he reminds us that no-one is unqualified for God’s love.
The Bible, in Matthew Chapter 1, points out the motley crew of people who are part of Jesus’ own family tree.
“Matthew’s genealogy of Jesus, his family tree, has with five women dotted in through it…which is kind of weird, because Jewish genealogies didn’t have women in them very often,” Steve says. “So that makes me think, what’s Matthew doing putting these women in there?
“One of the things God is doing for us in Jesus, is telling us that he wants us in his family.”
“You’ve got Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba and then Mary. Each of those five women are quite different. Some are pretty faithful, normal people, some are faithless, some do the wrong thing, some have the wrong thing done to them.”
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He says the writer, by highlighting these women, is helping to show us the vast variety of people in Jesus’ very own family background; people who have “come from all sorts of places and done all sorts of things”.
“He’s saying to us that no matter who you are, no matter where you come from, no matter what you’ve done, no matter what you’ve had done to you, you are welcome in Jesus’ family,” Steve said. “One of the things God is doing for us in Jesus is telling us that he wants us in his family.”
Whether your life has been predictable or colourful, religious or faithless, filled with joy or pain, whether you’ve been wronged or done wrong yourself, Steve says, “this Christmas I want you to know that Jesus is for you, and would welcome you into his family if you’d come to him.”
See More Like This
For more Christmas messages from church ministers around Sydney, as well as songs from Chris Sebastian and Dami Im, see the full Journey to Christmas series.