THE PARADE FINALLY BEGINS!

Luke and The Lost

We got up early to get a good spot. We wait on the sidewalk, coffee in hand on a chilly morning, waiting for the parade to begin. We don’t want to miss our grandson as he marches by playing his instrument in the band. Finally, we see him. He only hears us cheering from the sidelines because he is fully focused and concentrated on watching the leader of the band direct their steps. The leader wants the band to do well so he is setting the beat, the tone, making sure everyone is following.

God’s people had waited for centuries for the promised Messiah. He has finally come. He is the Son of God and the perceived son of Joseph, descended from Adam. Jesus describes people has sheep without a shepherd, lost and confused. Jesus steps forward, into public ministry, beginning with baptism by his cousin, John. The Leader has begun the parade of salvation for all people. He now sets the beat, the rhythm and tone for people who were lost but found.

Luke 3, The Message
21-22 After all the people were baptized, Jesus was baptized. As he was praying, the sky opened up and the Holy Spirit, like a dove descending, came down on him. And along with the Spirit, a voice: “You are my Son, chosen and marked by my love, pride of my life.”

Son of Adam, Son of God
23-38 When Jesus entered public life he was about thirty years old, the son (in public perception) of Joseph, who was—

son of Heli,
son of Matthat,
son of Levi,
son of Melki,
son of Jannai,
son of Joseph,
son of Mattathias,
son of Amos,
son of Nahum,
son of Esli,
son of Naggai,
son of Maath,
son of Mattathias,
son of Semein,
son of Josech,
son of Joda,
son of Joanan,
son of Rhesa,
son of Zerubbabel,
son of Shealtiel,
son of Neri,
son of Melchi,
son of Addi,
son of Cosam,
son of Elmadam,
son of Er,
son of Joshua,
son of Eliezer,
son of Jorim,
son of Matthat,
son of Levi,
son of Simeon,
son of Judah,
son of Joseph,
son of Jonam,
son of Eliakim,
son of Melea,
son of Menna,
son of Mattatha,
son of Nathan,
son of David,
son of Jesse,
son of Obed,
son of Boaz,
son of Salmon,
son of Nahshon,
son of Amminadab,
son of Admin,
son of Arni,
son of Hezron,
son of Perez,
son of Judah,
son of Jacob,
son of Isaac,
son of Abraham,
son of Terah,
son of Nahor,
son of Serug,
son of Reu,
son of Peleg,
son of Eber,
son of Shelah,
son of Kenan,
son of Arphaxad,
son of Shem,
son of Noah,
son of Lamech,
son of Methuselah,
son of Enoch,
son of Jared,
son of Mahalaleel,
son of Kenan,
son of Enos,
son of Seth,
son of Adam,
son of God.

Luke 3 lost people

What do we learn?
–Jesus ministry begins at about age 30.
–Jesus humbles himself to be baptized and his Father in Heaven affirms Him.
–Luke gives us the family genealogy to help us realize we are all descendant from Adam, but Jesus was the Son of God.
–Jesus will show all people who God really is.
–Jesus ministry has only just begun. His mission to seek and to save the lost must first be refined through a trial of temptation. God’s Holy Spirit was with Him.
–Let the parade of salvation begin! Watch the leader lead the band!

Dear Heavenly Father, You teach so much with a few words. You stir our hearts with Your Holy Spirit’s help and guidance. Continue to be with us as we study who you are up close, getting a glimpse of You as you pass by our lives each day.
In Jesus Name, Amen

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About randscallawayffm

Randy and Susan co founded Finding Focus Ministries in 2006. Their goal as former full time pastors, is to serve and provide spiritual encouragement and focus to those on the "front lines" of ministry. Extensive experience being on both sides of ministry, paid and volunteer, on the mission fields of other countries as well as the United States, helps them bring a different perspective to those who need it most. Need a lift? Call us 260 229 2276.
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