“From John to Jesus”
We have seen so far that Dr. Luke, the investigative reporter from the 1st Century, is a detail oriented guy with a clear purpose in his mind. His task is: How do you tell people without a Jewish background a story that is for the most part has been all about Israel. Luke 3:19-23, 38
Verse 19, Luke mentions the conflict that John’s preaching produced with the government. ___________________________________________________________________________ The end of the verse relates, “for all the evils which Herod had done.” The consequence was two-fold: 1. John was put in prison for the truth. 2. Eventually, John was put to death.
The lesson revealed is this: Gospel preaching and confrontation of sin will often lead to retribution by those offended by the truth. Political correctness is not a new dynamic.
Luke gives a very brief account (verses 20 & 21) of the baptism of Jesus but provides a detail that Matthew and Mark do not mention, prayer. __________________________________ He illuminates several OT points of connection with this event:
1. Psalm 2:7 – One of the regal Psalms, associated with David says, “I will declare the decree: The Lord has said to Me, ‘You are My Son.’” David received God’s promise, “When your days are fulfilled and you rest with your fathers, I will set up your seed after you, who will come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. I will be his Father, and he shall be My son.” (2 Samuel 7:12-14) The 1st chapter of Hebrews expands on this connection.
2. God is “well pleased” with Jesus the Son. Isaiah 42:1 says, “Behold! My Servant whom I uphold. My Elect One in whom My soul delights! I have put My Spirit upon Him; He will bring forth justice to the Gentiles.”
Jesus submission to baptism hi-lights humanities need for cleansing. ________________ The hope of John’s preaching is visibly displayed when the dove, representing the Holy Spirit, descends upon Jesus. “I baptize with water but one is coming who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.” John was speaking the truth and heaven confirms it.
Luke transitions from John to Jesus, as John even said, “I must decrease so the Christ can increase.” Jesus ministry now begin: “Now Jesus Himself began His ministry at about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, the son of Heli,” (vs. 23)
Luke lists the genealogy of Jesus which differs from Matthews account. Matthew starts with Abraham and moves through the lineage, culminating in “Jacob begot Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born, Jesus who is called Christ.” (Matthew 1:16) Matthew is writing to a Jewish audience so the linkage to Abraham would be of paramount importance.
Luke starts with Jesus and works back through history to Adam. _______________________
I chose to skip over most of the list and just mention Heli (sometimes translated Eli) in verse 23 and then close with the contents of verse 38 and make some remarks on this verse. Symmetry means – the quality of being made up of exactly similar parts. _______________________ Symmetry in verse 38, relative to the person of Jesus:
1. Enosh – _________________________________________________________________
2. Seth – __________________________________________________________________
3. Adam – _________________________________________________________________
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