The Baptism of Jesus (Luke 3:21-38)

Luke stops abruptly while writing about John the Baptist, points to his future imprisonment, then moves back to the profound present moment: the baptism and heritage of Jesus, beginning in verse 3:21:

“When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. As He was praying, heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended on Him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: ‘You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.’ (Luke 3:21-22) 

Luke focuses on Jesus’ human nature. Jesus was born to humble parents, his birth unannounced except to Shepherds in the field, and to three “wise” foreign “kings” or perhaps even astrologers. Consider that, whoever they were, they were seekers of truth and therein probably lies another great message for us. But Luke goes on to tell us that 30 years later, in God’s appointed time, this baptism John was born to perform and the undeniable presence of the Holy Spirit was the first declaration of Jesus’ ministry. Instead of going to Jerusalem and identifying with established religious leaders, Jesus went to a river and identified with those who were repenting of sins. And as Jesus prayed, God spoke and confirmed His love. 

God was breaking into human history through Jesus the Christ, and this He did, mercifully, with love beyond our ability to grasp it. 

We also see here the revealing of the beautiful Trinity. God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. We’re shown how when our Lord Jesus prayed, the Holy Spirit descended, and our Father spoke His love and favor into Jesus and, by extension, our existence. ❤️

Luke then paints a picture of words drawing Jesus’ human lineage back to God, “Now Jesus Himself was about thirty years old when He began His ministry. He was the Son, so it was thought, of Joseph – the son of Heli, the son of Matthat, the son of Levi, the son of Melki, the son of Jannai, the son of Joseph, the son of Mattathias, the son of Amos, the son of Nahum, the son of Esli, the son of Naggai, the son of Maath, the son of Mattathias, the son of Semein, the son of Josek, the son of Joda, the son of Joanan, the son of Rhesa, the son of Zerubbabel, the son of Shealtiel, the son of Neri, the son of Melki, the son of Addi, the son of Cosam, the son of Elmadam, the son of Er, the son of Josua, the son of Eliezer, the son of Jorim, the son of Matthat, the son of Levi, the son of Simeon, the son of Judah, the son of Joseph, the son of Jonam, the son of Elakim, the son of Melea, the son Menna, the son of Mattatha, the son of Nathan, the son of David, the son of Jesse, the son of Obed, the son of Boaz, the son of Salmon, the son of Nahshon, the son of Amminadah, the son of Ram, the son of Hezron, the son of Perez, the son of Judah, the son of Jacob, the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham, the son of Terah, the son of Nahor, the son of Serug, the son of Reu, the son of Peleg, the son of Eber, the son of Shelah, the son of Cainan, the son of Arphaxad, the son of Shem, the son of Noah, the son of Lamech, the son of Methuselah, the son of Enoch, the son of Jared, the son of Mahalalel, the son of Kenan, the son of Enosh, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God.” (Luke 3:23-38)

Luke’s fascinating genealogy takes us back to Adam, showing that Jesus is related to ALL human beings. This is consistent with Luke’s depiction of Jesus as the Savior of and an  investment in the whole world. This, too, is a sight to see.

Let us walk daily with Him, and in Him, and He in us, as we convey His love for each of us to the world we live in. Let us share that love and that truth with those who will receive it as the Lord brings the opportunity. 

As we continue the daily journey, let us pray for all of those in need: Israel, Palestine, Ukraine, Russia, China, Korea, our own country, and all trapped in these horrible wars and in need of our Lord. His will be done.🙏

Love to each of you and yours, now and forever.❤️🙏

Poppa B.