12 And after the deportation to Babylon: Jechoniah was father of Shealtiel, and Shealtiel father of Zerubbabel, 13 and Zerubbabel father of Abiud, and Abiud father of Eliakim, and Eliakim father of Azor, 14 and Azor father of Zadok, and Zadok father of Achim, and Achim father of Eliud, 15 and Eliud father of Eleazar, and Eleazar father of Matthan, and Matthan father of Jacob, 16 and Jacob father of Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born, who is called Christ.
Don’t miss Jesus this Christmas!
The centuries that the people of Israel had to wait finally came to an end, and most of them did not notice. Jesus was born in an obscure village and lived in a forgotten region of Israel, and was ignored most of his life. The Christ – that is – Anointed one, came gently to the world, and even the religious did not expect that.
How long have you waited for the answer to your problems. Jesus is it. To ignore him is to lose out on the best that God has to offer. But, if you want to, you can ignore him. He is not going to snatch you up and force you to follow him. He is going to be passing by you on the side of the road, as he did with his disciples. If you do not stop him, he will keep going, and you will lose out on your destiny.
Fall to your knees today, and seek the Savior. He is the only destiny worth having, but he will not force you to trust him. There will be millions who will suffer and be destroyed in hell who will stand before him on judgment day, and remember when they had the chance to serve him. They will remember the day they said “Jesus who?”
God of quiet gentleness, do not permit us to look in the other direction when you are passing by. Thunder, get our attention, before our generation ignores you to their peril.