David was the father of Solomon, whose mother had been Uriah’s wife… (Matthew 1:6b)
Legacy matters, doesn’t it? I love hearing stories of my grandparents who are no longer around… and stories of their parents and siblings. What’s amazing about their stories is that they affect my own story. The legacy that someone else in your family leaves does have an impact on your life – for better or for worse.
With that as a backdrop, it’s amazing to read about the people who are in Jesus’ lineage. Wouldn’t we expect his family legacy to be full of perfect people who lived Godly lives? And yet, Matthew records some very shady people and stories. Bathsheba doesn’t even get her name listed – she’s simply referred to as the woman who “had been Uriah’s wife.” The true story is while her husband, Uriah, went off to serve in the king’s army, King David took notice of Bathsheba and impregnated her. David attempted to cover up the mishap and ended up ordering the death of Uriah thru battle.
Why would the Son of God have such shady characters in his lineage? It would have been easier for Matthew to gloss over these failures rather than choosing to bring them to the forefront, but he didn’t. In fact, I think Matthew used these stories to highlight something important for us: Jesus came for people like those in his lineage. He didn’t come for the perfect people; he came for those who have made messes of their lives and aren’t worthy of God’s love.
What makes Christianity unique among the buffet of world religions is that it recognizes our inability to be good. The story of Jesus is the story of God’s Son dying for the sins of mankind – because we couldn’t be good enough. Remember that whatever you’ve done and whatever your past carries, God’s grace is sufficient for you. Be encouraged to know that He loves you so much that He sent Jesus to die for you.
Father, thank You for seeing the total inability of mankind to live up to Your standard of perfection. Thank You for the great forgiveness we have in Christ. Keep me from believing that my sins are too great for You to forgive, and keep me from indulging in sin simply because I know You’ll forgive. Make me into Your image – that I may glorify You with my life.