“A record of the genealogy of Jesus Christ the son of David, the son of Abraham:” Matthew 1:1
Christ is born of Mary, shares in the kingly line of David, and is heir to David’s throne. As we look at the babe in the manger it is good to remember He lived, grew, walked, talked, and ate just like every other human. He also faced temptation, sorrow, betrayal, injustice, and great suffering just like us.
We don’t have a high priest, a king, a messiah, who fails to understand our weakness, but one Who faced the highs and lows of life. We can take great comfort in knowing that Christ empathizes, understands our sufferings, and has conquered our temptations. What great hope, peace, and strength this brings.