St. Matthew records the ancestry of Jesus at the beginning of his Gospel. Among those named are many less-than-stellar individuals. I knew this without having to look at the footnotes in my study Bible, but something that those notes did point out was that all of them were sinners.
Of course, that is a given, as “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Rom.3:23). But sometimes when I read that verse, I gloss over it or apply it only to myself. Christ stood alone in his purity in this world. He came from a line of people tainted, stained, ruined by sin, in order to save a world full of people tained, stained, ruined by sin. St. Paul continues in his letter to the Christians in Rome by saying, “and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a porpitiation by his blood, to be received by faith” (Rom. 3:24).
God’s grace is shown in Christ. It is shown in His allowing those sinners to be a part of His plan for their, for our salvation. It is shown in the way in which God calls us to be His children, washed clean in the blood of Christ.
Lord Jesus Christ, forgive me for my sins, which are too numerous for me to count. Thank You for Your love and mercy, which calls me from the darkness of my sin into the light of Your grace. Amen.