13th October 2011

Who Do You Think You Are?

“For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.”
Matthew 12:50 (KJV)

Have you seen the programme on TV called, “Who Do You Think You Are?”  The experts help people to research into their genealogy to discover who their ancestors were.  In this year of the Census, there is a renewal of interest in tracing our ancestors.  Before they begin, many have family stories that they are descended from someone famous like a Duke or a King—funny how they don’t lay claim to thieves or the ‘black sheep’ of history!  Sometimes on the programme they find that these family stories are wishful thinking, but occasionally they do find their ancestry lived in a castle, not a hovel.  Recently one person found a link back in his family to William the Conqueror and even to Adam!

It was an important issue to the Jewish nation of Israel, establishing the lineage of Jesus Christ, the Messiah.  Three of the four Gospels devote space to the ancestors of Jesus, tracing him back to King David (the Messiah was prophesied to be descended from King David) and back finally to Adam, the son of God! (Luke 3:38)

For that matter, each of us, if you go back far enough, is descended from Adam and therefore sons of God!  This is our physical lineage, but we also have a spiritual lineage through Jesus Christ, our elder brother (Romans 8:29), whereby we are adopted sons and cry, “Abba, Father” (Romans 8:15).  When we are “born again”, we are born of God to Eternal Life.  And so we can trace our family to the King of Kings—that’s who we truly are!

Revelation 5:10 says we will be Kings and Priests, so let us walk worthy of our calling!  (Ephesians 4:1)

Father in Heaven, what a privilege to be called the children of God.  Help us not to disgrace the family name, but to live as brother and sisterss in harmony with Jesus as our elder brother showing us the way.

Study by Nancy Silcox

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