The Gospel of Luke

This devotional is written by Matt Coombs. Matt is married to Pip and is one of the leaders at St Mary's and is a recent barbecue fanatic.

Luke 3:21-38

The Baptism and Genealogy of Jesus

21 When all the people were being baptised, Jesus was baptised too. And as he was praying, heaven was opened 22 and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: "You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased."

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, the son of Nahshon,
33 the son of Amminadab, the son of Ram,
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.


If you have ever been asked to write an Every Day with Matt reflection and thought to yourself "Matt has given me the worst passage of all time." Think again. I expect you skipped over the latter part of the reading today - no judgment!

This section is about identity. The first, Jesus' identity as the beloved Son of his Father in heaven is spoken at his baptism. The second speaks about the identity of Jesus and his lineage.

Luke's genealogy differs from Matthew's genealogy in Matthew chapter 1 in many ways. This is something that scholars like to get hot under the collar debating about. Most notably though, Luke's genealogy goes all the way back to Adam, while Matthew stops at Abraham. Why? Matthew is writing with a Jewish audience in mind, and therefore, wishes assert that Jesus is the Messianic descendant of King David (2 Samuel 7:12-13). As I said in my first devotional in this series, Luke is writing with gentile inclusion in mind. Connecting Jesus with Adam emphasises the universality of the gospel - it is open to everyone; Jesus is not only a Son of David and Abraham, he is a son of Adam; he is a man. It is his humanity and not his ethnicity that is being emphasised.

In Luke's second book, Acts, the message loud and clear will eventually be that both Jews and gentiles who put their faith in Jesus and the finished work of his death and resurrection are now together the new humanity being transformed by God's spirit and this is how God is fulfilling his ancient promises.

"And a voice came from heaven"
As a follower of Jesus, where do you get your identity from?

Obviously, the right answer is from God, our father in heaven. But in reality, we can often live out identities that come from a little closer to earth. We get lost in being seen as competent, having the right stuff, living in the right area, having the right friends etc.

Spend sometime reflecting on your belovedness as a child of God today. It is  after all, as we will see, from this place that Jesus' ministry really kicks off.

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