The scepter shall not depart from Judah,
nor the ruler's staff from between his feet,
until tribute comes to him;
and to him shall be the obedience of the peoples.—Genesis 49:10
These words have been heard by generations tracing back thousands of years. They speak of a tribute that generations before us only anticipated. Through a family lineage, Judah, would come leadership that would echo across time. It tells of leadership that would demand a response from people in all generations. Jesus Christ is this ruler. Jesus, the son of Mary, born in Nazareth, from the lineage of David, a descendant of Judah. While those before him anticipated this future, we have the pleasure of living in this future and knowing Jesus as our Lord (ruler). As Lord, he led the cry and charge of our reconciliation. In his birth, through his death, and by his resurrection, reunite man with God. As a result, we can sing louder and pay tribute heard across the generational divide.
DO THIS: Take a moment to praise God.
JOURNAL THIS: God, thanks for doing this one thing for me…
PRAY THIS: God, thank you for [insert the one thing from above]. Also, thank you for being born into this world, for fulfilling the promises, and for defeating sin for me and reconciling me to the Father.