The Family Tree of Jesus

This past Sunday we came to an interesting section of Scripture—the baptism and genealogy of Jesus Christ (Luke 3:21-38). Luke wants us to see the heavenly and earthly relations of Jesus, which make him perfectly suited to bridge heaven and earth in redemption.

After Jesus baptism, while he was praying, three things happened (1) heaven was opened (2) the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove (3) and a voice came from heaven saying, ‘You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased’ (v.21-22).

  • Discuss the importance of this passage for understanding the doctrine of the Trinity?
  • Consider why these three actions are taking place at Jesus baptism, and the importance of them for Jesus earthly ministry.

Following baptism, Luke gives a lengthy genealogy of Jesus.

  • What do you notice about the organization of Luke’s genealogy of Jesus?
  • What do you think his purpose was in placing the genealogy at this point in the letter?
  • As you examine the names of some of the people listed in Jesus Christ’s genealogy, what confidence does it give you for yourself and your family?

God teaches us through the genealogies of Scripture that He works through families. Thinking Biblically, how does God’s covenant promise to the first family in Genesis 3 make every genealogy of Scripture significant?

Along the same line, what role does God’s covenant promise to Abraham (Genesis 12-17) play in the unfolding genealogies of Scripture, even into your life?

How does being called “sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus” (Gal.3:26) contribute to importance of genealogy and covenant promise?

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