Perhaps one of the most understated passages in the advent accounts comes at the very beginning of Matthew’s Gospel (or its companion passage in Luke 3). The recounting of Jesus’ genealogy reminds us of God’s divine power to bring about his purpose and plan down through history as He prepares for the coming of Christ.
As I reflect on this passage I’m reminded how God still works through the generations, including the generations of our Baptist movement.
Firstly, God builds from one generation to the next, working in one generation in order to fulfil his purposes in another. In the same way, the work of our movement today has been the result of God’s work through faithful servants in years past. Christmas reminds us that we are part of God’s marvellous plan that has been unfolding for millennia.
I’m also reminded that only by working together was the purpose of God fulfilled. This collective of people, families throughout the generations each playing their part, sowed into the tapestry of God’s redemptive plan for humankind. Similarly, God works through his church today, challenging us to work together as one to fulfil His divine purpose. This is one of the key priorities of our Association – that we might further deepen our interdependent relationships as together we seek to fulfil that which God has set before us.
Finally, this passage reminds me that our work in the Kingdom needs to continually build towards Jesus. Matthew connects the dots that direct people towards the Christ. Many of our churches are in the midst of a season of full of activity and ministry opportunity in the weeks ahead. Our immense privilege in this season is to allow ourselves to refocus on the work and message of Jesus, and to invite others to consider Him. I am praying that we may steward these opportunities with wisdom and grace and energy.
May God bless you this season and may you experience our Lord and Saviour in a fresh, transformative way. From all of us at the Baptist Ministry Centre and the broader Association, have a very blessed Christmas.