Musings on Matthew 2

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Jesus was born into a line of kings but his earthly father was a humble carpenter. By the time of Jesus the descendants of David were nobodies. They were poor and forgotten. This was partly because they lived under a curse. In Jeremiah 22 the Lord cursed Jeconiah, king of Judah telling Jeconiah that his sons would never be rule in Israel.

Jeconiah was destroyed by the Babylonians. His kingdom was overthrown and his family reduced from royalty to slavery. His sons eventually became humble carpenters. They were forgotten and their royal ancestry became little more than a myth. The curse was absolute and even those men who remembered their proud heritage knew that it was ancient history. They would never be important again. They would never be raised up again. Their hope was gone.

Except… that Jeconiah appears again in Matthew 1 v 12. He is an ancestor of Joseph, the Lord’s earthly father. Yes I know that Joseph was not Jesus’ biological father but he was still the recognised legal father of Jesus. And suddenly an ancestor of Jeconiah was born who was not subject to that curse. The family of Joseph thought that their lot would ever change. The family of Joseph had lived for generations without hope.

But Jesus came as hope for the hopeless. He is freedom not just from the curse of Adam. He is freedom from all curses and all bondage. We all have things that limit us. We all have weaknesses and situations that never seem to change. Slowly over time these burdens weigh down on us and all too often they dominate us. The life of Jesus is the answer to those burdens.

Whatever weighs us down, whatever keeps us in bondage there is an answer and the answer is a man. Jesus Christ came to set men free. He came that we might have life and have it in abundance. Some Christians see this and assume that we should simply deny that we have problems. Claim the truth and if everything isn’t all right then somehow you have failed. This is nonsense. Life on this fallen planet is hard. We will have struggles and problems. the difference is that we also have a God who knows what it is like to struggle, to suffer. The son of God came to earth to live as we lived and to overcome. He is our victory.

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