The world breaks, families fracture, bodies suffer, hearts shatter. It’s all around us and it doesn’t stop at Christmas. Shootings. Diagnoses. Miscarriage. Abandonment. Job loss.
And yet God doesn’t stay far off, distant from our pain. He enters it with us.
The wonder of Christmas is that Jesus left heaven to enter this fractured and hurting world.
The spectacle of Christmas is that the fractured and hurting is right there in Jesus’ family tree.
When we turn the last pages of Malachi, through the silent centuries and to the first pages of the New Testament, it starts with Matthew and Matthew starts with – a list.
A list? We’re tempted to scan these kinds of lists of “begets” and “sons of” to get to the good stuff. But this is the good stuff.
Stick with me because Matthew brings us to the Hope of Christmas in the women of Jesus’ family tree.