The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.
Abraham became the father of Isaac, Isaac the father of Jacob, Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers. Judah became the father of Perez and Zerah, whose mother was Tamar. Perez became the father of Hezron, Hezron the father of Ram, Ram the father of Amminadab. Amminadab became the father of Nahshon, Nahshon the father of Salmon, Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab. Boaz became the father of Obed, whose mother was Ruth. Obed became the father of Jesse, Jesse the father of David the king.
David became the father of Solomon, whose mother had been the wife of Uriah. Solomon became the father of Rehoboam, Rehoboam the father of Abijah, Abijah the father of Asaph. Asaph became the father of Jehoshaphat, Jehoshaphat the father of Joram, Joram the father of Uzziah. Uzziah became the father of Jotham, Jotham the father of Ahaz, Ahaz the father of Hezekiah. Hezekiah became the father of Manasseh, Manasseh the father of Amos, Amos the father of Josiah. Josiah became the father of Jechoniah and his brothers at the time of the Babylonian exile. After the Babylonian exile, Jechoniah became the father of Shealtiel, Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel, Zerubbabel the father of Abiud. Abiud became the father of Eliakim, Eliakim the father of Azor, Azor the father of Zadok. Zadok became the father of Achim, Achim the father of Eliud, Eliud the father of Eleazar. Eleazar became the father of Matthan, Matthan the father of Jacob, Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary.
Of her was born Jesus who is called the Christ.
Thus the total number of generations from Abraham to David is fourteen generations; from David to the Babylonian exile, fourteen generations; from the Babylonian exile to the Christ, fourteen generations.
Today, I am reminded of Jesus’s humanity. Today’s reading shows an exhaustive list of Jesus’s human lineage–proof that he was “fully man” as well as being “fully God.”
I find it encouraging to remember that, apart from sin, Jesus shared every experience with us. He experieced the mild annoyances of being tired and hungry. He experienced moodiness and irritability–though he never allowed it to affect his interactions. He experienced fear, anger, and love. He knew what it felt like to be sore after a long day’s work, to be overwhelmed, to be stressed, to be bored. He experienced temptation of every sort. He knew loneliness, and–judging by his cry from Calgary–knew the cold, hard feeling of being forsaken by God. I think of his march to the cross, and I imagine that he felt as any human would–despite his divine knowledge. He felt the pain, yes, but he felt too the psycological horrors that are often worse than pain. Fear of death, stomach churning terror of the unknown, the loneliness of being betrayed by someone he loved, embarrassment, and sadness. Doubt.
Whenever I feel plagued by human emotion or experience and it seems to great a burden to handle, I can remember that Jesus felt it first. Whenever I feel like no one could ever understand what I am going through, that I have no where to turn, I can remember that Jesus will always be the perfect shoulder to cry on because he’s been there. He gets it. The only difference is, while I make bad decisions, he was faced with the same trials and never did. He is the perfect role-model. And I know, at the end of the day I can whisper, “I’m sorry,” and he will open wide his arms. He will encourage me to start again.
What do you think of when you consider Jesus’s humanity?