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Luke Chapters 3 & 4

Luke 3 & 4

READ 3:1-14, 18

Luke shows a strong interest in history claiming to be drawing from eyewitness accounts and to have carefully investigated these things.

His interest is in showing the historical truth and worldwide significance of these events. God’s saving actions are coming to fulfillment in human history. 

John is preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins... not much different than the baptism we receive today. 

Since Christs resurrection we are baptized into the death burial and resurrection of Christ and when combined with a heart and an attitude of repentance, turning to God, and acceptance as Jesus as now my Lord and savior, we receive the HS.

-it wasn’t nor will it ever be religious heritage that saves us

-repentance is always proven by what our life looks like after that decision... 3:11-14 vs Rom 6




            -concerned about the welfare of others

Baptism has always been a big deal... it’s exactly what Jesus calls being born again in John 3, being born of water and the Spirit... Luke-Acts

We’ve made a mess of baptism in the past 1800 years... just like we have with a lot of God’s word, God’s desire... sometimes it’s been out of a bad heart, sometimes it’s been an over-reaction toward a correction or reform, sometimes it’s been out of worshipping created things versus the creator of all things 

A lot of our mess is not a salvation issue, but an opinion, preference, or tradition issue. 

What is important? Eph 4:1-6

I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

-by the third or 4th centuries, only elders could baptize... not in the bible

-by the 5th century, infant baptism became common... not in the bible

-by the 17th century, baptism began a disassociation with salvation... it was taught as a good idea, and should happen, but not necessary for salvation... again, not in the bible

-by the mid 20th century, baptism described as an outward sign of an inward belief... not in the bible

-accept Christ as your personal savior, pray Jesus into your heart... again, not in the bible

Luke 6:46 records Jesus saying why do you call me Lord and don’t do what I say... what does Jesus say... repent and be baptized for the forgiveness of your sins.... RIGHT LAUREN?

Baptism... now saves you... Peter, 1 century AD, not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for a clean conscience. 1 Peter 3:21

-Acts 2:38... what shall we do to be saved... repent and be baptized every one of in the name of Jesus Christ, for the forgiveness of sins

John clearly warns people (v 18)... he exhorts, be pleads with them... dare we do that today? How dare we judge right? So, we say nothing... Luke 6, do not judge right??? John 7:24

Is it really loving to not speak the truth? I don’t see how it can be.

I’m not recommending we lead with “you brood of vipers” ... but John had good reason for this.

Jesus gets baptized... to fulfill all righteousness... as Matthew put’s it...

-this inaugurates his ministry

-Jesus is 30

The genealogy of Jesus

Yet while Matthew’s genealogy begins with Abraham, Luke’s goes back to Adam. This fits his emphasis on the universal application of the gospel. Jesus is not just Israel’s Messiah; he is the Savior of all humanity. 

Why is genealogy important: 

·      It proves messiahship and Jesus’s fulfillment of prophecy

·      Demonstrates God’s sovereignty

·      Outsiders/Gentiles in Jesus lineage... Rahab and Ruth

·      Righteous and unrighteous people are used

·      Demonstrates and proves the historical accuracy of the bible

The temptation is the last stage in Jesus’ preparation (4:1–13). Its theme is the obedience of the Son to the Father. The narrative develops two analogies, contrasting Jesus with both Adam and the nation Israel.

While Adam, the first son of God, failed in his test of obedience, Jesus, the true Son, resists temptation and so succeeds. Similarly, while God’s son Israel (Ex. 4:22–23) failed when tested in the wilderness (Ps. 95:8–11), Jesus the true Son succeeds. 

Jesus’ forty days in the wilderness are analogous to Israel’s forty years, and the three Old Testament passages Jesus cites all relate to Israel’s failure (Deut. 8:3... the manna; 6:13 fearing and worshipping only God, 6:16 putting God to the test). 

READ Luke 4:16-30, 43-44 

-What both John and Jesus taught was good news... dealt with sin, called for repentance, and offered healing, gave clear stern warnings 

-Preaching the word of God is bound to bring trouble/persecution...

-John challenged the outright sin of Herod... he was thrown in prison and eventually beheaded

-Jesus challenged man made philosophies, structures, and religion ...  people who would talk the talk, but disregard the walk... ostracized, ridiculed, run out of town, threat after threat and eventually death

-We can’t be just about the talk... it must be backed by the walk...

-Jesus amazed the crowds because his message had authority (power)... clear convictions, clear demonstrations in his actions and attitude, clear connections with the source of all power... God

Are you filled with certainty this morning... Luke 1:4

-all the things we have been focused in on the last few years... Spiritual discovery, meditation, rest, peace, hospitality, creating a kingdom rhythm of life. The scriptures call for such a life

-these are the foundations of what it means to live like Christ and the power by which we actually walk the talk for the rest of our lives

Matthew leaves us this excerpt from one of Jesus’s most famous talks...

All authority is given to me... go and make disciples of all nations. 

Based on what we have encountered this morning... Does anything else really matter?