In other words, it is not the natural children who are God’s children, but it is the children of the promise who are regarded as Abraham’s offspring.
~ Romans 9:8
I have always wanted to do a Bible study about the ancestors of Jesus. While I've never really been into ancestry, the Bible places a huge emphasis on it, so I thought it would be worth while. Well, this morning I finally got the chance to start. And after pouring over my Bible for an hour, I finally gave up for the day somewhere in the book of Samuel looking for the offspring of David.
But as I sat there looking at it all and wondering why it was so important, I remembered the above verse from Romans. You see, the natural line of Jesus' ancestry ended with Him (despite what the DaVinci Code would lead us to believe). But the verse in Romans gives us hope. It's no longer the natural that matters, but the promise that we received from Christ. Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— John 1:12
We are the children that God raised up for Abraham (Matt. 3:9). I'll probably still finish my study as it has always amazed me how God could use the worst of sinners to accomplish His will, and that no matter how much His ancestors screwed up or sinned, Jesus was still perfect. But I'll do it knowing that they are my ancestors as well. For I am a child of the promise, and I'm very thankful for that.