Who do you think you are?

11 02 2011

Genealogy – researching previous generations – takes patience, perseverance and lots of searching around in different places.  The celebrities who feature in the BBC series trace their ancestry, discovering secrets and surprises from their past.  It’s often an emotional journey and those who approach it as a fact-finding exercise are often knocked sideways by the strength of feeling that is evoked by their discoveries.

Genealogies in the Bible are usually an excuse to skip a chapter, but they hold interesting details if we are patient, persevere, and consider different parts of the story.

The genealogy in Luke 3:23 and following is a long list of names tracing Jesus’ ancestors back to King David and finally back to Adam.  Why does Luke tell us all that?  My guess is that he wants his readers to know that Jesus was a real human being, not just a spiritual entity.  But more interesting to me is the snippet of story that Luke records just before the genealogy –

“One day when the crowds were being baptised, Jesus himself was baptised. As he was praying, the heavens opened, and the Holy Spirit descended on him in the form of a dove. And a voice from heaven said, ‘You are my beloved Son, and I am fully pleased with you.'”

These sentences identify Jesus not only as a man but as the Son of God.  Jesus knows who he is and lives with confidence. 

God was pleased.

But what of his followers?

 

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