Monday 23 September, 2019

Luke 3:23-38

23 Now Jesus himself was about thirty years old when he began his ministry. He was the son, so it was thought, of Joseph, the son of Heli, 24 the son of Matthat, the son of Levi, the son of Melki, the son of Jannai, the son of Joseph, 25 the son of Mattathias, the son of Amos, the son of Nahum, the son of Esli, the son of Naggai, 26 the son of Maath, the son of Mattathias, the son of Semein, the son of Josek, the son of Joda, 27 the son of Joanan, the son of Rhesa, the son of Zerubbabel, the son of Shealtiel, the son of Neri, 28 the son of Melki, the son of Addi, the son of Cosam, the son of Elmadam, the son of Er, 29 the son of Joshua, the son of Eliezer, the son of Jorim, the son of Matthat, the son of Levi, 30 the son of Simeon, the son of Judah, the son of Joseph, the son of Jonam, the son of Eliakim, 31 the son of Melea, the son of Menna, the son of Mattatha, the son of Nathan, the son of David, 32 the son of Jesse, the son of Obed, the son of Boaz, the son of Salmon,[a] the son of Nahshon, 33 the son of Amminadab, the son of Ram,[b] the son of Hezron, the son of Perez, the son of Judah, 34 the son of Jacob, the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham, the son of Terah, the son of Nahor, 35 the son of Serug, the son of Reu, the son of Peleg, the son of Eber, the son of Shelah, 36 the son of Cainan, the son of Arphaxad, the son of Shem, the son of Noah, the son of Lamech, 37 the son of Methuselah, the son of Enoch, the son of Jared, the son of Mahalalel, the son of Kenan, 38 the son of Enosh, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God.

This is the genealogy of Jesus Christ, traced back to King David and then right back to Adam. It differs from the genealogy presented in Matthew chapter 1, and many scholars believe this is because the genealogy in Matthew is Joseph’s line, whereas Luke gives us Mary’s line (the biological genealogy of Jesus). Reading this I’m struck by three things:

Firstly, the genealogy actually appears to start in verse 22, when God Himself says to Jesus ‘You are my Son, whom I love’. In this one sentence Luke gives us Jesus’ bloodline through his father – he comes directly from God. Luke then immediately follows with Jesus’ bloodline through his mother Mary

Secondly the genealogy starts with Jesus, the only begotten Son of God, and ends with Adam, who is named ‘the son of God’ in that he was supernaturally created directly by God. Through Adam sin and death entered the world and we were all separated from God. Through Jesus, a restored relationship with God and eternal life is made available to all who put their faith in him.

Finally it’s clear that God’s story has been going on for generations at this point. Since the beginning of mankind God has been weaving together His story of grace, culminating in the introduction of Jesus: fully God and fully human, who took the punishment we deserved for our disobedience and instead gave us the reward he deserved for his obedience, and all as a gift, the very definition of grace. Thank you God.

Written by Rhi Mellor

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