I was just reading Matthew Chapter 1 over again for the umteenth time now as I am still reading my 10 chapters of the bible a day, every day.
Ever notice in the genealogy of Matthew that Jesus displays the bad apples of His family tree? Rahab was a Jericho harlot, Grandpa Jacob was a sly deciever, and David was inconsistent and erratic to say the least. One minute David wrote Psalms and the next He was seducing his Captains wife! Yet, Jesus did not erase his name from his ancestry!
I think He did it to show us HE’S BEEN THERE! Most families do not talk about or even want known the “bad apples” in their family tree. They do not talk about the Grandfather who beat his wife, or the cousin who went to prison, or the father who was a drunk.
My own family has bruised fruit. My father was a drunk and a wife beater, my brother committed suicide, another brother was a drug addict. To all this, today Jesus is whispering to me, ‘I’ve been there’.
He had to enter into every detail of human life so that when HE came before God as High Priest to get rid of the peoples sins, he would have already experienced it all himself and would be able to help where help was needed. The bible clearly backs this up in Hebrews when it says “Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted. ” Hebrews 2:17,18
I praise HIS Holy Name for when Wendy had her heart attack, HE whispered to me “I’ve been there”. I did not hear it at the time, but I am hearing it loud and clear now. And because He understands and because HE has “been there” HE gave me the chance to change my history, to wipe the slate clean and to rewrite a new chapter in my life, so that years from now, when future people with my last name look back at their ancestry, they will come to my name and see it all changed with me. I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior and the rest will be HISTORY!
Thank You Jesus because “You’ve Been There”