Andrew de Kanter, December 17, 2017
Part of the ADVENT 2017 series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

Our past plays an important role in our identity. Our sense of self is developed during our childhood, and our past experiences impact how we see ourselves and view life. This might be great news for those of us who come from loving families and who have not dealt with much trauma, but this is not the story of many. Do you ever feel like you can't get out from under your messy and complicated past? Do you ever feel like no one could really ever understand what it is like to have your family history?

Jesus had a family history, and it was a wreck. It is recorded for us in the first chapter of Matthew (Mt 1:1-17). It is in this genealogy that we learn some surprising things. We learn that God faithfully keeps his covenant promises to his people (Mt. 1:1, 17). We also learn that God is able to do this in what appears to be impossible circumstances. Finally, through Jesus' genealogy we see that God is able to work through the wreckage of a messy and complicated past.

God and his plan are bigger than our family histories or even our past traumatic experiences. In fact, he has a way of using our mess in surprising ways to bring about his perfect plan. Your family history and past experiences are important and influential, but they do not determine who you are or your future. God can redeem your family history and past experiences in Jesus Christ.

By Grace,

Pastor Andrew
Jn. 17.3


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