Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Luke 3:23-38 Jesus' Credentials, Part 2

Summary: We must not forget that Jesus, being God, was still fully man while here on earth. That means that Jesus has a family tree like any other person. Luke, the careful historian, actually traces that family tree down to the very first man: Adam.

1. Jesus' genealogy in Luke comes right after His baptism, which concludes in the Father saying, "Thou art My beloved Son, in Thee I am well-pleased." Can we say that we are pleased with Christ? Could Christ say the same about us?

2. Seeking to please Christ is analogous to seeking true wisdom. Do you seek true wisdom as gold? Job 28, Proverbs 3:13-15, Proverbs 8:18-20

3. At the end of Jesus' baptism, the heavens opened up. How often does this occur in Scripture? What does this say about the significance of Jesus' baptism? Ezekiel 1:1, Acts 7:56, Revelation 19:11

4. What does the Bible say about Jesus' deity? Psalm 49:7-9, Isaiah 7:14, Isaiah 9:6, Micah 5:2

5. Meanwhile, what does the Bible say about Jesus' humanity? Matthew 1:1ff, Luke 3:23ff

6. What are the implications of both Jesus' humanity and deity in connection to the gospel? Was the cross an event in history or merely a credo/legend to live by (like other religions)?

7. How does "the audience" of each gospel emphasize the lineage of Christ? • Matthew: The King of the Jews. • Mark: The Perfect Servant. • Luke: The Perfect Man. • John: The Son of God.

8. How can you account for the discrepancies of the genealogies in both Matthew and Luke? Likewise, how are they also similar?

9. We see from Luke 3 that Jesus' genealogy is traced all the way back to Adam. Why is Christ referred to as the last or 2nd Adam? Romans 5:12-21, 1 Corinthians 15:20-22

10. Why is it important that Jesus' seed was from Mary and NOT Joseph? Genesis 3:15.

11. How can Jesus empathize with scorn we might face? Was Jesus actually a child of fornication? Luke 1:30-35, John 8:41, Hebrews 4:15

12. Reviewing Jesus' line in Luke 3 reveals some very candid details on our Savior's lineage. What was the background of Perez (Genesis 38), Rahab (Joshua 2:1) and David (2 Samuel 12:9)?

13. Another interesting fact is the number of "no names" that appear in the Luke 3 genealogy. For example, who was Neri or Er? Take heart if you feel like a "no name" in your ministry. Remember Who gets the glory. Also remember that He remembers. 1 Corinthians 15:58, Galatians 6:9

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