Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Luke 3:18-38 Jesus' Credentials, Part 1

Summary: Luke is the story of Jesus. The whole Bible is the story of Jesus. From Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth,” to John 1:3, “All things came into being by Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being” and He “became flesh, and dwelt among us,” we see the Bible is about Jesus. He is the great solution to our need, our sin problem. He is the Savior; THE Savior must be both God and Man. Luke intentionally, purposefully and carefully shows us He is both God and man.

1. A. Luke has shown us Jesus as a man. We have seen His conception and birth, along with His cousin John’s. What did Simeon say when he was led by the Holy Spirit into the temple and beheld the baby Jesus? Luke 2:27-32, Isaiah 42:6-8

B. How else have we seen His deity along with His humanity? Luke 1:34-35

2. A. What should the gospel proclamation include and to whom should it be directed? Luke 3:18-20, 3:7-14, Matthew 1:21, 3:7

B. Do we like to be told we are sinners? Luke 3:19-20

C. How does this reproof of Herod play itself out? Does sin satisfy? Matthew 14:1-12, Hebrews 11:24-25

D. Do you have times of doubt? You are in good company! What do you suppose John heard just after he died? Luke 7:18-28, 19:17

3. A. What happens in the next scene? Luke 3:21-22

B. What was John baptism? Luke 3:3, Acts 19:1-5

C. Why did the sinless one need to be baptized? Matthew 3:13-17, John 1:24-36

Here is a word of explanation: “Baptism is for public identification. Baptism is something that we do. With John’s baptism, you identified with the godly remnant of Israel. You identified with those that were publicly confessing sin and awaiting the coming one. With Christian baptism, we publicly identify with the came one. He has been here. He did it. It’s finished. He was dead, buried, and rose again. We identify, not with the coming one (Oh, He is coming back), but we identify with the one who came. That’s Christian Baptism, and Jesus certainly did not need to publicly identify with His sin. He had none, He didn’t need to confess any sin, but He gladly identified with this godly remnant of Israel, who were confessing their sins, and He identified with sinners. And even saying it, don’t you say, ‘Praise the Lord!’”

4. What is the ultimate identification with sin? Luke 12:50, II Corinthians 5:21, I Peter 2:24

5. A. Stop and enjoy the magnitude of what happened at Jesus’ baptism. Luke 3:21-22

B. Where else do we see heaven opened? Ezekiel 1:1, Revelation 19:11

C. What is it like when He comes back? Revelation 1:7, 19:12-15

6. A. In Luke 3:21-22, who is there, and what is said?

B. Are you “well-pleased” with God’s “beloved Son?” Have you come to be satisfied with Jesus? Have you identified with this perfect Savior? Do you know of anyone else who is God and also man? Do you fearlessly and boldly identify with Him? Isaiah 44:6-8

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