Shake any family tree and you never know what kind of people might fall out. Let’s face it; we all have an uncle or a cousin we whisper about behind closed doors. We all have a relative or two we try to avoid at family gatherings.
No surprise there.
But here’s something you may not know. Jesus had a few shady characters in his family as well. Actually, he had some relatives that make your most wayward cousin look like a saint. In An Invitation to Christmas, Andy Stanley uses a few of these colorful characters to remind us from whom Jesus came and to explain the importance of their roles in the Christmas story.