“...I will make nations of you, and kings will come from you. I will establish my covenant as an everlasting covenant between me and you and your descendants after you for the generations to come, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you.” Genesis 17:6-7 NIV
The holidays are always a special time to spend with family and those you hold dear to your heart. It’s a time to celebrate and reflect on the past year and look ahead at what is to come. I love this time of year, because we celebrate the birth of our Savior.
The month of December is especially important in our family because we celebrate three other family members’ birthdays that were also born close to Christmas. I am so thankful that God created families.
What type of family do you come from? Do you come from a large family? When planning a family gathering do you have to rent out a stadium just to make sure you can accommodate everyone? Maybe you come from a small family where everyone could fit around the dining room table with room to spare? Whatever size family you come from, chances are you can trace your family origin back several generations.
The Bible has multiple examples of different types of families -- some are large, and some are small. Some biblical families are Godly while other ones make the modern "dysfunctional family" look good in comparison. God loves families and He created these relationships to give us a past, a present, and to help us build on our future.
One of the most famous family stories in the Bible is the tale of Abram and Sari. Abram’s family tree is of course traced back to the most famous first family of the Bible; Adam and Eve. Although Abram’s family tree was distinguished, his own family consisted only of two people, himself and his wife Sari. All of that changed when God chose Abram to establish his covenant, thereby, changing Abram’s name to Abraham to become the father of many descendants.
Abraham and his wife Sarah (formerly Sari) went from a small intimate family of two, to having descendants that number the stars. More importantly, Abraham became the earthly patriarch of Jesus, Son of the Almighty God, born of a Virgin Mary whose husband was Joseph.
With this promise or Covenant, God established a family tree beyond anything that Abraham or his wife Sarah could have imagined. Abraham didn’t live to see God’s promise revealed; but each of us living now can attest to the fact that we are all part of God’s Covenant that He made with Abraham thousands of years ago.
It is true that nations and Kings have been established through that original Covenant God made with Abraham; but, most importantly, was the Promise of His Son Jesus to be the Savior of the World. As we take time this December to celebrate God’s Gift of His Son Jesus, we also celebrate the Promise God established with each of us.
By believing in Jesus and accepting Him as our Savior, we are adopted into the biggest, oldest, and ultimate eternal family tree.
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Take time to thank God for your family. If it’s been a while since you’ve spoken to a particular family member, ask God to help you bridge the gap that has been wedged between you.
Precious Heavenly Father, thank You for Your ultimate sacrifice of Your Son. I am humbled by Your grace and I am unworthy of Your forgiveness. Thank you for giving me not only an earthly family but an eternal family as well. Help me to appreciate each and every family member. AMEN
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