Here’s a funny observation I made back in Advent of 2011
Interesting connection b/w Matthew’s family tree and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy…Matthew mentions the number 14 three times to represent the number of generations b/w Abraham and David, David to the Babylonian Exile, and the Exile to the birth of Our Lord. 14 generations pass in between these 3 huge events in Hebrew history…14×3=42.
So why am I talking about Christmas so early in the year?
Because you can’t have Christmas without Easter. And vice versa. During this season of Lent, we look for hope within the desert, waiting for the rain to come and make the flowers bloom. Even when the worst of humanity shows itself, the best of humanity rises out of the ashes and shows the world that there is good.
I don’t know where this came from, but I heard it said that a life is defined by the line between the year of your birth and the year of your death. What’s unique about Jesus was that he was literally born to die. But the good news is that death isn’t the end of the story. To quote one of my favorite songs: “Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.” Christ’s life began and ended…but three days later, there’s a new beginning.