What Jesus Did! 'Beginnings' — Luke 3:23

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

When Jesus began to teach, he was about 30 years old. People thought that Jesus was Joseph's son. Joseph was the son of Eli.
— Luke 3:23
Illustration of Luke 3:23 — When Jesus began to teach, he was about 30 years old. People thought that Jesus was Joseph's son. Joseph was the son of Eli.

Key Thought

Jesus began his ministry. He has accepted baptism, been anointed with the Spirit, and received affirmation from God. Now he begins the public side of his life. If he were Joseph's son from Nazareth, there would have been little reason to describe any part of his life as public. From a small, non-descript little town, no one of importance would have known Jesus or cared about his actions. Now he begins his public ministry that will touch billions of people over the course of time. Just as Jesus' beginnings were small, so also was his family small and insignificant. But, they are connected to a long line of folks—some of whom are important, many of whom are not—that extends back to Abraham and ultimately back to Adam and eventually all the way back to God. So in three ways, Jesus begins his ministry as God's Son: First, he is God's Son by conception of the Spirit. Second, he is God's Son through the anointing of the Holy Spirit at his baptism, and finally, he is God's son as all of us are, a child of humanity that traces its beginnings back to the creative work of God. We all have to begin some place. The key is to start. Have you started? What are you waiting for?

Today's Prayer

O glorious God and Father of the Lord Jesus Christ, thank you for doing your work among us. Thank you for having your Messiah, my Savior, begin his ministry in a way that makes sense to us mortals. Thank you for his connections to us through human frailty and flesh. Thank you for having him share an experience that I too can share, the grace of baptism. Thank you for the Holy Spirit that makes me your child, similar in some ways to the way Jesus was your child. Thank you for a beginning point. Now I ask, dear Lord, to help me as I try to move beyond the beginning point to what you would have me do. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

Before John was put into prison, all the people were being baptized by him. Then Jesus came and was baptized too. While Jesus was praying, the sky opened. The Holy Spirit came down on him. The Spirit looked like a real dove. Then a voice came from heaven and said, "You are my Son and I love you. I am very pleased with you." When Jesus began to teach, he was about 30 years old. People thought that Jesus was Joseph's son. Joseph was the son of Eli. Eli was the son of Matthat. Matthat was the son of Levi. Levi was the son of Melchi. Melchi was the son of Jannai. Jannai was the son of Joseph. Joseph was the son of Mattathias. Mattathias was the son of Amos. Amos was the son of Nahum. Nahum was the son of Esli. Esli was the son of Naggai. Naggai was the son of Maath. Maath was the son of Mattathias. Mattathias was the son of Semein. Semein was the son of Josech. Josech was the son of Joda. Joda was the son of Joanan. Joanan was the son of Rhesa. Rhesa was the son of Zerubbabel. Zerubbabel was the son of Shealtiel. Shealtiel was the son of Neri. Neri was the son of Melchi. Melchi was the son of Addi. Addi was the son of Cosam. Cosam was the son of Elmadam. Elmadam was the son of Er. Er was the son of Joshua. Joshua was the son of Eliezer. Eliezer was the son of Jorim. Jorim was the son of Matthat. Matthat was the son of Levi. Levi was the son of Simeon. Simeon was the son of Judah. Judah was the son of Joseph. Joseph was the son of Jonam. Jonam was the son of Eliakim. Eliakim was the son of Melea. Melea was the son of Menna. Menna was the son of Mattatha. Mattatha was the son of Nathan. Nathan was the son of David. David was the son of Jesse. Jesse was the son of Obed. Obed was the son of Boaz. Boaz was the son of Salmon. Salmon was the son of Nahshon. Nahshon was the son of Amminadab. Amminadab was the son of Admin. Admin was the son of Arni. Arni was the son of Hezron. Hezron was the son of Perez. Perez was the son of Judah. Judah was the son of Jacob. Jacob was the son of Isaac. Isaac was the son of Abraham. Abraham was the son of Terah. Terah was the son of Nahor. Nahor was the son of Serug. Serug was the son of Reu. Reu was the son of Peleg. Peleg was the son of Eber. Eber was the son of Shelah. Shelah was the son of Cainan. Cainan was the son of Arphaxad. Arphaxad was the son of Shem. Shem was the son of Noah. Noah was the son of Lamech. Lamech was the son of Methuselah. Methuselah was the son of Enoch. Enoch was the son of Jared. Jared was the son of Mahalaleel. Mahalaleel was the son of Cainan. Cainan was the son of Enos. Enos was the son of Seth. Seth was the son of Adam. Adam was the son of God.

Luke Luke 3:21-38

Related Scripture Readings

You were all baptized into Christ. So you were all clothed with Christ. This shows that you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus. Now, in Christ, there is no difference between Jew and Greek (non-Jew). There is no difference between slaves and free people. There is no difference between male and female. You are all the same in Christ Jesus. You belong to Christ. So you are Abraham's descendants. You get all of God's blessings because of the promise {that God made to Abraham}.

Galatians 3:26-29

I thank God every time I remember you. And I always pray for all of you with joy. I thank God for the help you gave me while I told people the Good News. You helped from the first day you believed until now. God began doing good things with you. And God is continuing that work in you. God will finish that work in you when Jesus Christ comes again. I am sure of that. It is clear why I am in prison. I am in prison because I am a believer in Christ. All the Roman guards know this, and so do all the other people.

Philippians 1:3-6; 2:13

The love of Christ controls us. Why? Because we know that One (Christ) has died for all people. So all have died. Christ died for all people so that the people who live would not continue to live for themselves. He died for them and was raised from death so that those people would live for him. From this time on we don't think of any person like the world thinks of people. It is true that in the past we thought of Christ like the world thinks. But we don't think that way now. If any person is in Christ, then that person is made new. The old things have gone; everything is made new!

2 Corinthians 5:14-17

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What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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