It seems that there is much fascination in the world today with genealogies. The Jews began it, Joseph Smith rejuvenated it, and the modern online businesses are exploiting it. Now, for only $79, you can send your spit in a jar to a company who will supposedly tell you your heritage from your DNA. Based on the results, people have occasionally claimed royal lineage from their ancestry! Can you imagine? You might be royalty and not even know it!
(Note: the purpose of this article is not to discuss the rightness or wrongness of genealogies, but Paul placed the pursuit of genealogies to establish spiritual pedigree in the category of “forbidden!”—1 Timothy 1:4; Titus 3:9.)
Let’s say you had your DNA tested and received such a result. Unknowingly all these years, you have been the great-great-great-great grandchild of the monarch of Lower Slobbovia (bonus points if you can tell me where that country name came from without Googling it). And furthermore, you discover that the royal family—your heritage!—was once wealthy, powerful, influential, just, benevolent, and, well, royalty. You look at these results and say, “Wow. That is my family, my heritage, my bloodline.”
But, so what? You take a step back and look at where you are today. Royalty? Yes, it may be in your family tree, but where is the evidence now? You find yourself far removed from the wealth and power of imperial life. As a matter of fact, your reality is a very humble beginning and life. The heritage, bloodline, and family tree may hold some significance to you, but it is unlikely to change who you are.
Enter Jesus, and the genealogies of Matthew and Luke. Matthew provides what is most likely the legal family tree for the Son of God. In this genealogy one sees that Jesus was not just of the kingly tribe of Judah, but that His bloodline descended through fourteen generations of kings, beginning with David! This is absolutely crucial in the fulfillment of prophecies such as Zechariah 6:13, yet His entrance into this world was as humble as humble gets. (Read Philippians 2:5-8.) Yet the royalty never went away. He was many generations removed from wealth and power, yet as the Son of God, He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords (1 Timothy 6:15).
But what of you? Whether you are descended from royalty makes no difference. What truly matters is that you a child of the King, adopted into His kingdom through the blood of His Son (cf. Galatians 4:5; Ephesians 1:5; Romans 8:15). What is in the past does not matter. What you are and what you will become, that is what matters. Royalty? You absolutely can be.