Advent - a reminder of Grace...He is not ashamed to have us in his family...
When we look through the list of people in Jesus' ancestral line, we see people famous for their faith - like Noah and Abraham and David. But we also see people with tarnished reputations - like Judah, who was intimate with his daughter-in-law; Rahab, who was a Canaanite prostitute; and Manasseh, the king who put false idols in the Temple. Even Noah, Abraham, and David, as faithful as they were, we're sinners, and all of them needed a Savior.
We find hope in the ancestry of Jesus that no matter what we've done or where we come from, we too can be included in Jesus' family. Jesus does not look for people who are perfect and have never failed or made mistakes to be in his family. Instead, he is drawn toward people who recognise their failures and see their need for him.
'Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room: Daily Family Devotions for Advent,' by Nancy Guthrie