The Widows of Christmas
Abraham had Isaac, Isaac had Jacob, Obed had Jesse,
Jesse had David,
and David became king.
David had Solomon (Uriah's wife was the mother),
Rehoboam had Abijah . . .
. . . Amon had Josiah,
Josiah had Jehoiachin and his brothers,
and then the people were taken into the Babylonian exile.
When the Babylonian exile ended,
Shealtiel had Zerubbabel,
Zerubbabel had Abiud . . .
. . . Matthan had Jacob,
Jacob had Joseph, Mary's husband,
the Mary who gave birth to Jesus,
the Jesus who was called Christ.
What's so important about a list of names?
- Four of them were widows---Tamar, Ruth, Bathsheba (Uriah's wife), and Mary (according to legend and the omission of Joseph's name in later accounts of Christ's life).
- Two of them were foreigners---Tamar and Ruth.
- Two of them knew what it was like to bear the gossip of a questionable pregnancy--Tamar and Mary.
- Two of them had to turn to prostitution to support themselves---Rahab and Tamar (she disguised herself as a prostitute).
- One of them suffered an affair, the murder of her husband, and the death of a child--Bathsheba.
- Not ONE of them had a perfect life.
But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law.
God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children.
And because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, “Abba, Father.”
Now you are no longer a slave but God’s own child. And since you are his child, God has made you his heir.
Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later.