We can learn much here about temptation, and we will. But this is not so much about the nature of temptation as it is about the victorious obedience and submission of the son of God to the will of the Father. In fact, the Devil’s basis for temptation is Christ’s identity as the son of God.v3: If you are the son of God… v9: If you are the son of God. How did Jesus prove himself to be the son of Godin his temptations?
Genealogies aren’t always exiting. Sometimes they puzzle us, and we struggle to stay awake while we read them in out morning devotions. But as you’ll see I hope you’ll see today, Luke does not give us a passage like this perfunctory or pointless list of names. We can take great profit from a passage like this. Here are four things we can learn from Luke’s genealogy of Jesus Christ: 1. Christ’s Virgin Birth 2.Christ the Fulfillment of Prophecy 3. Christ the Son of Sinful Men 4. Christ the Representative of All Humanity
John the Baptists knew the supremacy of Christ. Our text is Luke’s transition from John the Baptist’s important ministry to that of our Lord Jesus. In it, the supremacy of Jesus, the Christ, The Father’s beloved Son, is plainly evident. How?
As the Baptist entered the scene, a general spirit of rank sinfulness had settled over Israel, especially among the spiritual leadership. What was John’s prophetic ministry to the Jewish people to help them get ready for Christ? This morning , I want us to see three important aspects of John’s message, all of which still have important instruction for us today.
The structure of the end of Luke 2 is vital to understand the text as a whole. The story is buttressed by two similar summaries about the boyhood of Christ . These two similar summary statements are the key to our understanding of Jesus. Then to further press home the point, Luke gives us a real-life example of the point he is making.
This Passage is about the hope that Jesus brings as a former age is being brought to an end, and a new age is about to begin. Here emblems of an old age passing away are brought face to face with Jesus. Some of these emblems have to do with the Law: circumcision, purification, consecration, and even the temple itself. Other emblems are seen in the elderly, godly saints and their satisfaction in Christ.
When we read Luke 2, we think of the Christmas story. As we read these verses carefully, however, we soon find out that the text is as much about the word of the Lord as it is about anything else. The significance about who Jesus is comes not from the experience in time. The real significance is about who this baby s comes from what the divine herald told the shepherds about this baby.
This passage is indeed an account of the birth of births, the coming of the son of sons. Gabriel said that of this baby that he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end. Yet his birth is more in line with the humility of Mary sung in the Magnificat in chapter 1.
In this text we have not one but two women prophesying God’s Word for the world. God uses these two very different women to teach the truth about Jesus Christ. The Spirit wants us to listen to them. Yet what really shines here is the exuberant joy shared by these two women over Christ.