Even the most inaccessible and smallest of groups still can command attention be it from the other end of our world! Located in Papua New Guinea, the Binumarien tribe had been decimated by warfare and expulsion from their tribal land and now numbered only 111 villagers. In 1970 translators came to their village. What followed next became fixed in memorial. From a routine rendering of Christ genealogy into their language, the tribes people suddenly became animated about Matthew’s listing of Christ ancestry, so much that an emergency meeting was called for that very evening for all the villagers to attend. In the company of Wycliffe Bible translators a representative of the tribe announced that Jesus had to be a real person since no-one would bother to write down the ancestors of spirit beings. Not long after hearing about Christ bloodline, the majority of the villagers turned away from their beliefs in spirit beings and black arts to embrace Christ as their Savior. Today, the official religion listed in the encyclopedia for the Binumariens is Christianity.
Genealogies are important for a number of reasons. They trace our roots, where we come from which may hint at where we are headed. Understanding family trees helps to mark your past. For 1st century Israel, it provided them their national identity as a nation that inherited the blessings of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, those belonging to God’s chosen people. Without correct knowledge about our beginnings, thoughts about our origins drifts into the same space that we purport to be from, where supposedly life was jump started by space dust which over billions of years has magically transformed itself into the animal kingdom, with you as just another animal at the end of a long chain stretching back in time. While believed by some, better to let the real Creator do our thinking for us. The Bible teaches that human beings are descendants of Adam, originally made in God’s image. Recent genetic research suggests that all females are descended from a single female and all males from a single male do correspond well with the Biblical account of Adam and Eve. We share a common ancestry in Adam. Understanding our Adamic roots shows us that we not only share physical descendantcy but spiritual too. Which means we are spiritually fallen creatures and in need of Christ. Now according to American demographics 113 million Americans have begun to trace their family roots, but have you taken the time to consider your legacy from the start point of mankind Biblically speaking? Cemetery records cannot take you far enough in history but the Genesis account can and teaches that each of us share Adam’s fallen nature, we are sinners not because we choose to from birth but because of our relation to our paternal connection to Adam and sin instinctively. Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned— (Ro.5:12).
So then where do we go from here? Thankfully, there is no need to abort plans for ever getting to heaven. If we follow the genealogy of Jesus, we will discover that there is real hope for all of us.
See that when taken together both Mathew’s and Luke’s gospel provide helpful genealogies from Christ heritage. Luke tracks Jesus lineage back to Adam in order to show He is the one who is the Savior of mankind while Matthew’s trail ends with Abraham to show that He is the long-awaited Messiah that the Jewish people have been waiting for. And as far as the remaining two gospels no descendantcy is credited to John’s account instead we learn that Christ origins lie in eternity, He was with God in the beginning. (John 1:2). Mark’s gospel commences with these words: The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God ( Mark 1:1) is a concise statement about Christ identity that ends later on the same note with the centurion’s declaration that “certainly this was God’s Son at the cross” (15:39).
Perhaps like those in Christ day, you are still hesitant about who Christ is and what He means to our lives. In the following months, the identity of Christ will be the subject of our study. You can be sure that Christ pedigree is of royal decent dating back to the David’s royal line where Jesus is found to be the rightful heir to the throne of David. He has divine authority over His creation. His kingdom is even now near at hand where men, women and children are entering into it by believing in Him and repenting of their sins. (Mark 1:15). One day He will return for His people. Today, Christ can be your Savior and Ruler — place your trust in Him to have your sins pardoned and receive eternal life in God`s heaven.