Scripture: Luke 2:3-5
Reflection: Initially, I thought these verses were simple and did not require any additional comments or insights. But then as always, my curiosity kicked in and I went to where I always go for information – Google. In hindsight, I realize that my first resource should have been God through prayer.
The Scriptures are important for a few reasons. It proves God keeps His promises that were foretold in the Old Testament that a Savior would come from Bethlehem. It also validated that Jesus was who the prophets and Scriptures spoke of because it verifies that Christ is a descendant of King David just as the Word foretold.
Jesus’ heritage made me reflect on the importance of lineage.
I thought: what would it be like to be a descendant of royalty? What is the specific purpose of humans being born to particular parents or a certain bloodline?
Throughout my life I have reflected upon these questions. Some answers of my own lineage I’ll never know but there are two things I discovered by reviewing this text. I am a descendant from a royal line. I’m the daughter of the King of Israel that rules forever and my place in this royal family was solidified by the birth, life and resurrection of Jesus Christ who was physically out of the house of David.
Regardless to whomever my parents are and regardless to what I own or possess, the greatest thing about me, and all human beings, is that we all come from the King and we should treat ourselves and our fellow man as royalty. To truly celebrate the birth of our Savior we must treat each other with the kindness and compassion that the Son of God extends to each of us daily.
Prayer: Dear God, thank you for the priceless birth and gift of Jesus Christ. Please help us to remember who our Heavenly Father is and constantly give thanks. Help us to treat each other the way that we want to be treated during this advent season and always. Amen.
Author: Vivian Hailey, Project Accountant
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