Who Do People Say that You Are?

Have you seen the commercial from Ancestry.com where the person says that he had no idea he was of a different nationality?  One of the ladies in the commercial even says that now she checks the box, “other” when filling out a form when she is asked her ethnicity, after receiving her results. I must admit, I have been tempted to send my DNA in and find out “exactly” who I am. However, I have decided that I am a “Child of God” and I am OK with knowing just that and it is good enough.  But, have you wondered what people would say if asked, “who you are?”

In the Biblical days, knowing your genealogy was very important.  You were known through your father’s name, for example – the son of Joseph.  In Matthew 21:1-11; 22:41-46, Jesus asked the Pharisees, “What do you think of the Messiah?  Whose son is he? They said to him, The son of David” (Matthew 22:42-43). The Pharisees said, “The son of David” because they believed and wanted a Messiah that was like King David.  Surely, if the Messiah had come, he would somehow be related to Kind David!  What the Pharisees didn’t know was that Jesus’ genealogy points to King David!  He is a descendant of David!

I cannot help but to wonder if our country would be in a better place if what mattered the most was that we all belong to God – not the color of our skin, the language we speak, or our economic background.  Jesus shuts up the Pharisees by saying to them, “How is it then that David by the Spirit calls him Lord…If David thus calls him Lord, how can he be his son? (Matthew 22:43-45).  In other words, Jesus is Lord and He is God’s Son.  At that point, the Pharisees did not dare ask any more questions (v.46).

What if…we took a stand and say that we are God’s children – would people then dare to ask any further questions?  What could they say?

Let us pray,,,Gracious God, We belong to you.  Help us to stand up for who we are to show the world that our skin color doesn’t matter – what matters is our relationship with you.  In your name we pray, Amen.

About pastorterrihttps://pastorterri.wordpress.comI serve as the pastor at Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, Augusta, GA.

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