Day 1: "Don't Fast Forward Through This Part."

Read:  Matthew 1:1-17

Is there a part of your favorite movie that you always skip? Or you go get snacks during that part? It’s the scene in the cinematic masterpiece “The Sandlot” for me when the main kid’s stepdad is kind of mean to him in the beginning that I can take or leave. I know it’s important for the plot; it just doesn’t resonate as much for me as say—the scene where they all get sick after chewing tobacco for the first time or Squintz kissing Wendy Peffercorn at the pool. You know the deep stuff.

Well in the book of Matthew, this is the passage that I’ve skipped more times than I’d like to admit. But please don’t skip this passage as we begin this journey together. There are some rich lessons from this little genealogy portion of Matthew’s gospel.

One thing we can learn from this passage is a very important lesson about God’s character; that God is a Promise Keeper. God promised that He would bless the whole world through this man Abraham’s family (Genesis 12:1-3). Before Jesus was born, God had blessed many people through the nation of Israel but the world had yet to really see the exponential blessing that He seemed to hint at to Abraham 3500 years ago or so. But Matthew is letting his readers know, God had kept His promise and He was doing it through Jesus whom He called “a son of Abraham.”

God is a Promise Keeper. That means the promises He has made to you are rock solid. He doesn’t make promises with His fingers crossed. John brings out a promise of God in 1 John 1:9 that if we confess our sin to God He will forgive us of all unrighteousness. God really means that. It doesn’t matter if you thought something that you shouldn’t have right before you read this or if you committed whatever the most heinous sin you could imagine. If you confess your sin to God with a humble heart, He will forgive you. Every. Single. Time.

We can trust this for many reasons; but one of the reasons is that He proved Himself trustworthy by sending us the Savior of the world as He promised He would many times in the Old Testament. And He sent Him for the world… and for you. Let that sink in. Don’t skip over that thought; God sent Jesus for you. And if you are a follower of Jesus already, that truth has blessed you more than any word you’ve ever heard. And if you are already a follower of Jesus, God’s goal for your life is for you to become more like Jesus and to be a blessing to the world like Jesus was. And if you aren’t currently a follower of Jesus, God promises that if you call on Jesus’ name for salvation He will forgive you of all your sin, adopt you into His family and give you eternal life.

Chasing Jesus Challenge:

  1. Are there promises in your life that you’ve made recently and haven’t kept?
  2. Apologize to whomever you’ve broken promises to & and re-commit yourself to keeping your promises no matter how big or small they are.
  3. Social Media Quote: We reflect the character of God to others by keeping our promises like He does. #chasingJesus