Family is Everything

by Rodney Holmstrom | Dec. 6, 2018

“Thus there were fourteen generations in all from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the exile to Babylon, and fourteen from the exile to the Messiah.”

MATTHEW 1:17 NIV

Do you remember your past? Sometimes when I look at my family history I would just as soon forget some parts of it. Chances are you have a family that has some ugly past history. Maybe your family has some things in it that you wouldn’t want the world to see.

When we read this first chapter of Matthew it can be so easy to quickly brush by it as just a bunch of data that has no meaning or worth in reading. But I have learned that I must not miss what this list means to me in my own life. I look at this list of names and I am struck with amazement in knowing they all connect to Jesus. The stories behind this list of names make the Gospel that much more impactful.
Jesus, in His God-breathed and inspired Word of God, makes certain that the good, the bad, and the ugly parts of His family history get recognized. He doesn’t do this as a way to shame those from the past but as a way of saying “I came here for them and you.”

What do you see when you read names like the outsider Tamar, or a wicked and evil king like Manasseh? How about a prostitute named Rahab, or even David, the adulterer? I see broken people in need of a Savior.

When I think about my own family line to my own kids, I am reminded that I am the one on the list that people would cringe, saying, “Oh wow, he’s a part of your family?” The truth is, I’m that black sheep in the family genealogy that made so many stupid choices. I was “that guy.” I made choices that would make anyone cringe. How and why would Jesus claim someone like me? Not only does He claim me and you, but we are the very reason He came to earth in the form of a baby. We may look at that list of Rahabs, Manassehs, Davids, Tamars, and Rodneys and see the flaws, but Jesus on the other hand sees His beloved children that He loves more than we can ever know. He sees the “why” behind His journey to earth. Jesus sees your name, my name, all of our names and says, “You all are the reason I came to this earth where I will one day die because I love you that much.”

“Not only does He claim me and you, we are the very reason He came to earth in the form of a baby.” 

It’s because of Jesus inviting us into His genealogy that we know with great confidence, that He invites us into His family; even greater, He sees beyond our past and forgets it. Do you remember your past? He doesn’t. “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more” Hebrews 8:12.

This Christmas season, take joy in knowing your family genealogy in Christ. For it is because of Christ, His love, grace, and mercy that all who have placed their faith in Him have been set free. Let’s be joyful in this new family genealogy being formed with our new grace-given life in Christ.

Today’s Reading: Matthew 1:1-17 NIV

20 Comments

  1. Laura Wilson

    Rodney-what a great reminder-thanks for sharing!

    Reply
  2. Mariae

    So good. Thank you fo this reminder.

    Reply
  3. Shannon Finer

    Every word of this is so True Rodney. Thank your for being used by the Holy Spirit to write and share this.

    Reply
  4. Dan Weeden

    Rodney thanks for reminding us that the broke ness of our natural family lineage makes His loving grace in saying we are now in His family that much greater

    Reply
  5. Kevin Kraning

    Words of encouragement. A great reminder that He loves us no matter what. Satan would love nothing more than to keep us down with guilt and render us unable to move with all the old rags tied to us. Jesus says, leave them behind and worry no more. Thanks for sharing, we all have old rags to get rid of.

    Reply
  6. Brian Dameron

    Thank you Very much !
    Great words !!

    Reply
  7. Pierce McIntyre

    Thanks for sharing a word of Grace.

    Reply
  8. Fern Hawkins Breedlove

    Thanks Rodney. I needed to hear this today.

    Reply
  9. Kathy Biggerstaff

    Beautiful description of the gift of redemption!

    Reply
  10. Darla Beller

    Isn’t it amazing what lengths God goes to in expressing His love, acceptance, grace, and hope! Thanks so much for this reminder!

    Reply
  11. Mary Owen

    I am so grateful to be in God’s list of Forever Family now. Thanks for sharing such beautiful truth-filled words today, Rodney!

    Reply
  12. Katy White

    Excellent

    Reply
  13. Meni Hansen

    Tysm for this devo today. So perfectly true and SoliDeoGloria!

    Reply
  14. DUANE VANDERHELM

    Thank you Rodney. This is so uplifting. I slid into depression in early Nov. and God started sending me reminders from so many like you that I know from CR. This is, so far the best holiday season for me in recent memory. Merry Christmas to you and the rest of our Forever Family.

    Reply
  15. Clif Ruddick

    Very encouraging. We appreciate your authentic transparency, Rodney— so needed.

    Reply
  16. Yami Pate

    God is so wise and so much desiring to identify with us so we could see once again his great love for us. Beautiful Rodney, Thank you!!

    Reply
  17. Kathy HARDY

    Rodney! I SOOOO needed to hear these exact words today! THANKS!

    Reply
  18. Robyn Yates

    Appreciate this, Rodney.

    Reply
  19. Kristin Smith

    Thank you for sharing, I love this!
    Really speaks to my heart!

    Reply

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Family Is Everything

BY: Rodney Holmstrom | Dec. 6, 2018

“Thus there were fourteen generations in all from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the exile to Babylon, and fourteen from the exile to the Messiah.”

MATTHEW 1:17 NIV

Do you remember your past? Sometimes when I look at my family history I would just as soon forget some parts of it. Chances are you have a family that has some ugly past history. Maybe your family has some things in it that you wouldn’t want the world to see.

When we read this first chapter of Matthew it can be so easy to quickly brush by it as just a bunch of data that has no meaning or worth in reading. But I have learned that I must not miss what this list means to me in my own life. I look at this list of names and I am struck with amazement in knowing they all connect to Jesus. The stories behind this list of names make the Gospel that much more impactful.
Jesus, in His God-breathed and inspired Word of God, makes certain that the good, the bad, and the ugly parts of His family history get recognized. He doesn’t do this as a way to shame those from the past but as a way of saying “I came here for them and you.”

What do you see when you read names like the outsider Tamar, or a wicked and evil king like Manasseh? How about a prostitute named Rahab, or even David, the adulterer? I see broken people in need of a Savior.

When I think about my own family line to my own kids, I am reminded that I am the one on the list that people would cringe, saying, “Oh wow, he’s a part of your family?” The truth is, I’m that black sheep in the family genealogy that made so many stupid choices. I was “that guy.” I made choices that would make anyone cringe. How and why would Jesus claim someone like me? Not only does He claim me and you, we are the very reason He came to earth in the form of a baby. We may look at that list of Rahabs, Manassehs, Davids, Tamars, and Rodneys and see the flaws, but Jesus on the other hand sees His beloved children that He loves more than we can ever know. He sees the “why” behind His journey to earth.

Jesus sees your name, my name, all of our names and says, “You all are the reason I came to this earth where I will one day die because I love you that much.”

It’s because of Jesus inviting us into His genealogy that we know with great confidence, that He invites us into His family; even greater, He sees beyond our past and forgets it. Do you remember your past? He doesn’t. “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more” Hebrews 8:12.

This Christmas season, take joy in knowing your family genealogy in Christ. For it is because of Christ, His love, grace, and mercy that all who have placed their faith in Him have been set free. Let’s be joyful in this new family genealogy being formed with our new grace-given life in Christ.

Today’s Reading: Matthew 1:1-17 NIV

20 Comments

  1. Laura Wilson

    Rodney-what a great reminder-thanks for sharing!

    Reply
  2. Mariae

    So good. Thank you fo this reminder.

    Reply
  3. Shannon Finer

    Every word of this is so True Rodney. Thank your for being used by the Holy Spirit to write and share this.

    Reply
  4. Dan Weeden

    Rodney thanks for reminding us that the broke ness of our natural family lineage makes His loving grace in saying we are now in His family that much greater

    Reply
  5. Kevin Kraning

    Words of encouragement. A great reminder that He loves us no matter what. Satan would love nothing more than to keep us down with guilt and render us unable to move with all the old rags tied to us. Jesus says, leave them behind and worry no more. Thanks for sharing, we all have old rags to get rid of.

    Reply
  6. Brian Dameron

    Thank you Very much !
    Great words !!

    Reply
  7. Pierce McIntyre

    Thanks for sharing a word of Grace.

    Reply
  8. Fern Hawkins Breedlove

    Thanks Rodney. I needed to hear this today.

    Reply
  9. Kathy Biggerstaff

    Beautiful description of the gift of redemption!

    Reply
  10. Darla Beller

    Isn’t it amazing what lengths God goes to in expressing His love, acceptance, grace, and hope! Thanks so much for this reminder!

    Reply
  11. Mary Owen

    I am so grateful to be in God’s list of Forever Family now. Thanks for sharing such beautiful truth-filled words today, Rodney!

    Reply
  12. Katy White

    Excellent

    Reply
  13. Meni Hansen

    Tysm for this devo today. So perfectly true and SoliDeoGloria!

    Reply
  14. DUANE VANDERHELM

    Thank you Rodney. This is so uplifting. I slid into depression in early Nov. and God started sending me reminders from so many like you that I know from CR. This is, so far the best holiday season for me in recent memory. Merry Christmas to you and the rest of our Forever Family.

    Reply
  15. Clif Ruddick

    Very encouraging. We appreciate your authentic transparency, Rodney— so needed.

    Reply
  16. Yami Pate

    God is so wise and so much desiring to identify with us so we could see once again his great love for us. Beautiful Rodney, Thank you!!

    Reply
  17. Kathy HARDY

    Rodney! I SOOOO needed to hear these exact words today! THANKS!

    Reply
  18. Robyn Yates

    Appreciate this, Rodney.

    Reply
  19. Kristin Smith

    Thank you for sharing, I love this!
    Really speaks to my heart!

    Reply

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