1 Chronicles 1:1-2
“These are the sons of Israel:
Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah,
Issachar, Zebulun, Dan, Joseph,
Benjamin, Naphtali, Gad, and Asher.”
“A devout Catholic was suffering in a hideous medical ‘experiment’ being conducted at Auschwitz. She was a young woman, and as it happened the doctor who presided over her clinical torture was also a woman, which somehow made her sadism all the more horrifying. Death came slowly, but at last it came. The young woman whispered unintelligibly, and the doctor, assuming she was uttering a curse, drew back. The young woman reached out. She struggled to lift something from her neck and managed at the last moment to hold it out to her tormentor. ‘For you,’ she was whispering as she handed her rosary to the doctor, a last blessing as she departed the world.” The Path of Love, D.Chopra.
The most powerful backdrop in the story is the redemptive power of love. This Catholic woman’s heart could lift her tormentor out of the pit. Love can define a person deeper than sin, if given opportunity to do its perfect work.
Twenty-three genealogies in the Bible and God chose to reveal, not edit the details. We see even in the genealogy of Christ that God can still deliver redemptive love and grace through broken and messy people. Just study the names of Israel’s sons and you’ll find incest, rape, and murder…but they were still sons.
We’d all like to be the hero of the story, but if we took the compartments of any life on this planet other than Jesus, we’d find some hero compartments and some monsters in the closet. We’d love to throw out the bad parts like rotten lettuce in a salad. But just remember that when many parts of you fail, it doesn’t change the finished work of Christ in redeeming the whole package of your life. Let Christ’s love do a perfect work in you.
By Aaron F. Jeffers