I am a descendent of the Neville family. If you know very little—or nothing at all—of this noble line, please allow me to educate you, albeit briefly.

 

Richard Neville—the 16th Earl of Warwick—was known as “The Kingmaker” and lived in the 1400’s. He was considered the most powerful noble in England, and was the principal baronial figure in the Wars of the Roses. Two of his daughters married “quite well.” In fact one of them, Anne, married both the Prince of Wales and, after his death, Richard III.

 

I remember the day I learned of all this. My mother had purchased a “Neville’s Family History Book,” in which one of our members carefully traced our lineage from Richard to his modern “children.” Somewhere, in all those pages—filled with photographs and tiny writing, copies of old documents and tidbits of history—is a picture of three-year-old me.

 

I am of the Neville bloodline. Are you impressed? (And, can you see me smiling as I ask that?)

 

But To Be Of God

 

There is One who has claim to an even more royal bloodline. It goes beyond the royal kings of Israel, to the Jewish Patriarchs, to the first created human, and to God Himself. Within it is one of the greatest mysteries of time, a poor Jewish child born of poor Jewish parents, who is from the lineage of Adam and yet also his Creator.

 

His name was Yeshua bar Yosef. In the Greek and as we understand it: Jesus, the son of Joseph.

 

But, according to history—both biblical and secular—He was the Son of God, created inside His mother’s womb not as all other humans had been, but by a miracle of the Holy Spirit.

 

Man’s Claims vs. His Claims

 

I have heard it argued that Jesus never claimed to be God. While I know I’m going against some pretty scholarly folks, I don’t believe that’s true.

 

Others certainly made the claim about Him. According to Scripture, those who made such a bold statement were:

Satan (Matthew 4:3)

The tempter came to him and said, "If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread."

           

The Demons (Matthew 8:29)

"What do you want with us, Son of God?" they shouted. "Have you come here to torture us before the appointed time?"

           

The Disciples (Matthew 14:33)

Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, "Truly you are the Son of God."

 

Mark (Mark 1:1)
The beginning of the gospel about Jesus Christ, the Son of God.