The genealogy of Jesus is a fascinating list of names. Some are familiar—Isaac, Jacob, David. We name our little boys after them. But many names are obscure—Abijah, Uzziah, Zerubbabel. I suspect few little boys are given those names. What’s more, if we study Jesus’ genealogy, we find a few skeletons in the closet. Jacob was a conniver, Tamar seduced her father-in-law, Rahab was a prostitute, David and Bathsheba were adulterers. And Ahaz was a very wicked king.
When Jesus became a human being, he not only took on our human flesh, he became a full-fledged member of our very imperfect human family. Jesus, like his mother Mary and his stepfather Joseph, lived in the real world. He experienced what we experience—sorrow and joy, pain and pleasure, everything except sin. The Incarnation truly means: He is one of us.
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