When the Credits Roll
"Who can add to Christmas? The perfect motive is that God so loved the world. The perfect gift is that He gave His only Son. The only requirement is to believe in Him. The reward of faith is that you shall have everlasting life." - Corrie Ten Boom
Matthew’s opening account of the Christmas story is puzzling. It begins, “A record of the genealogy of Jesus Christ the son of David, the son of Abraham.” (Matthew 1:1) Abraham and David are big names; most of us have heard of them. The next fifteen verses (1:2-16) include some well-known characters like Isaac, Jacob, Ruth, and Solomon, and lesser lights such as Boaz, Jehoshaphat, and Josiah. But who were Ram, Amminadab, Eliud, and Matthan?
Ironically, each name, played a significant role in God’s plan of salvation. Each provided a critical link in Jesus’ genealogy. But the story is not about David, Abraham, Amminadab, or even Eliud. The plotline is always about Jesus.
Neither are we the hero of our story. The scripts of our lives are sub-plots – significant to the grand story, but not its focus. Throughout the ages, God is developing a major drama that includes His love, our sin, sacrificial redemption, and eternal glory. Astonishingly, He invites us to join the cast.
When the credits role at the end of time, somewhere in the fine print we will see our names. We all play our parts, but the story is about Jesus. He is the star!
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