Luke 1:1-4; John 1:1-18; Matthew 1:1-17; Luke 3:23-38

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READ the WORD

Luke’s Purpose In Writing

Luke 1:1-4 KJV (Luke’s explanation of why he’s writing to Theophilus.) Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us, Even as they delivered them unto us, which from the beginning were eyewitnesses, and ministers of the word; It seemed good to me (Luke) also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most excellent Theophilus, That thou might know the certainty of those things, wherein thou hast been instructed.

God Became A Human Being

John 1:1-18 KJV  1 In the beginning was the Word (Jesus), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him; and without Him was not anything made that was made. In Him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through Him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not. 11 He came unto His own, and His own received Him not.12 But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name: 13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. 15 John bare witness of Him, and cried, saying, This was He of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for He was before me. 16 And of His fulness have all we received, and grace for grace. 17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. 18 No man hath seen God at any time, the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, He hath declared Him.

The Ancestors Of Jesus

Matthew 1:1-17 KJV 1 The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. Abraham begat Isaac; and Isaac begat Jacob; and Jacob begat Judas and his brethren; And Judas begat Phares and Zara of Thamar; and Phares begat Esrom; and Esrom begat Aram; And Aram begat Aminadab; and Aminadab begat Naasson; and Naasson begat Salmon; And Salmon begat Booz of Rachab; and Booz begat Obed of Ruth; and Obed begat Jesse; And Jesse begat David the king; and David the king begat Solomon of her that had been the wife of Urias; And Solomon begat Roboam; and Roboam begat Abia; and Abia begat Asa; And Asa begat Josaphat; and Josaphat begat Joram; and Joram begat Ozias; And Ozias begat Joatham; and Joatham begat Achaz; and Achaz begat Ezekias; 10 And Ezekias begat Manasses; and Manasses begat Amon; and Amon begat Josias; 11 And Josias begat Jechonias and his brethren, about the time they were carried away to Babylon: 12 And after they were brought to Babylon, Jechonias begat Salathiel; and Salathiel begat Zorobabel; 13 And Zorobabel begat Abiud; and Abiud begat Eliakim; and Eliakim begat Azor; 14 And Azor begat Sadoc; and Sadoc begat Achim; and Achim begat Eliud; 15 And Eliud begat Eleazar; and Eleazar begat Matthan; and Matthan begat Jacob; 16 And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ. 17 So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David until the carrying away into Babylon are fourteen generations; and from the carrying away into Babylon unto Christ are fourteen generations.

Luke 3:23-38 KJV 23 And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, which was the son of Heli, 24 Which was the son of Matthat, which was the son of Levi, which was the son of Melchi, which was the son of Janna, which was the son of Joseph, 25 Which was the son of Mattathias, which was the son of Amos, which was the son of Naum, which was the son of Esli, which was the son of Nagge, 26 Which was the son of Maath, which was the son of Mattathias, which was the son of Semei, which was the son of Joseph, which was the son of Juda, 27 Which was the son of Joanna, which was the son of Rhesa, which was the son of Zorobabel, which was the son of Salathiel, which was the son of Neri, 28 Which was the son of Melchi, which was the son of Addi, which was the son of Cosam, which was the son of Elmodam, which was the son of Er, 29 Which was the son of Jose, which was the son of Eliezer, which was the son of Jorim, which was the son of Matthat, which was the son of Levi, 30 Which was the son of Simeon, which was the son of Juda, which was the son of Joseph, which was the son of Jonan, which was the son of Eliakim, 31 Which was the son of Melea, which was the son of Menan, which was the son of Mattatha, which was the son of Nathan, which was the son of David, 32 Which was the son of Jesse, which was the son of Obed, which was the son of Booz, which was the son of Salmon, which was the son of Naasson, 33 Which was the son of Aminadab, which was the son of Aram, which was the son of Esrom, which was the son of Phares, which was the son of Juda, 34 Which was the son of Jacob, which was the son of Isaac, which was the son of Abraham, which was the son of Thara, which was the son of Nachor, 35 Which was the son of Saruch, which was the son of Ragau, which was the son of Phalec, which was the son of Heber, which was the son of Sala, 36 Which was the son of Cainan, which was the son of Arphaxad, which was the son of Sem, which was the son of Noe, which was the son of Lamech, 37 Which was the son of Mathusala, which was the son of Enoch, which was the son of Jared, which was the son of Maleleel, which was the son of Cainan, 38 Which was the son of Enos, which was the son of Seth, which was the son of Adam, which was the son of God.

STUDY the WORD

1. What does Luke give as his reason for writing to Theophilis (Luke 1:4) Luke wanted to write an orderly account for Theophilis of all the things that had happened concerning Jesus. He (Luke) had carefully investigated everything from the beginning and wanted Theophilis to know the certainty of the things he (Theophilis) had been taught.

2. Who was in the beginning (John 1:1a)? In the beginning was the Word (Jesus).

3. Who was He with and who was He (John 1:1b) The Word (Jesus) was with God and He was God.

4. Through whom were all things made (John 1:3)? All things were made through the Word (Jesus).

5. Where was life (John 1:4)? Life was and still is in the Word (Jesus).

6. What was that life (John 1:4b)? That life was and still is the light of men.

7. Where does the light shine (John 1:5a)? The light shines in the darkness (evil).

8. What doesn’t comprehend the light (John 1:5b)? The darkness (evil) doesn’t comprehend the light.

9. What was John sent to bear (John 1:6-8)? John was sent to bear witness to the Light (Jesus).

10. What does the true Light do (John 1: 9)? The true Light gives light to every man.

11. Who didn’t (and still doesn’t) know the true Light (John1:10)? The world didn’t and doesn’t know the true Light.

12. Who didn’t receive Him (John 1:11)? His own didn’t receive Him.

13. What was and still is the result of receiving and believing in the Word (John 1:12)? The right was and is still being given to us to become children of God through receiving and believing in the Word (Jesus).

14. When we become Christians of whom are we born (John 1:13). When we become Christians we are born of God.

15. How is the Word, Jesus Christ, described (John 1:14, 17, 18)? The Word (Jesus) became flesh and made His dwelling among humans. His glory was seen, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

HEAR the WORD

Luke wasn’t an eyewitness to Jesus’ ministry.  But he carefully investigated the stories from those who were eyewitnesses (Luke 1:1-4).  The book of Luke focuses on the humanity of Jesus. But Jesus was more than a good man or moral teacher. 

The book of John makes it clear that Jesus is the eternal Son of God who was in the beginning (John 1:1-18).  

And Matthew begins his book by revealing Jesus was a descendant of David. God didn’t send Jesus to be an earthly king, but a heavenly king (Matthew 1:1-17).

MEDITATE on the WORD

Matthew 1:1 says Jesus is the son of David and the son of Abraham.  Matthew 1:16 says Jesus was born to Mary.  Luke 3:23 says it was supposed that Jesus was Joseph’s son. And then Luke 3:38 ends the genealogy identifying Adam as the son of God.

Oh! Wow! all is true.  But can you reconcile these verses?  If not, just continue meditating upon what you read but don’t yet fully understand. I believe God will clarify His Word eventually. You just need to wait for Him to do so. 

MEMORIZE the WORD

John 1:1 KJV In the beginning was the Word (Jesus), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

John 1:14 KJV And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

EASY MEMORIZATION DIRECTIONS

1. Copy a verse you want to memorize on three individual index cards.

2. Choose three places you frequently go to each day and place one of the memory cards in view in each place.

3. Each time you find yourself near one of the memory cards read it aloud.

4. After a week of reading the memory cards you will most likely be able to recall the verse/s without reading them.

5. Try it for a week and find out.

LOVE AND LIVE the WORD

What do you believe is the reason that Jesus wants His light to shine? I believe Jesus Christ wants to light the path ahead of us so we can see how to live.  And He wants to shine His light through us to an unbelieving world. 

What is your reason for wanting Jesus in your life and for wanting to share Jesus with others? I believe if we let Jesus into our life, He can rearrange our attitudes, our desires and our motives. And then we can encourage others to allow Jesus to do the same in their life.

TEACH AND SHARE the WORD

God’s Son, Jesus Christ, is the light that will never go out.  I believe Jesus Christ didn’t begin His existence when He was born in Bethlehem to Mary.  He has always been.  He is eternal (John 1:1-18).

PRAY the WORD

Lord, thank You for sending the Word, Jesus Christ, to earth so that we can become Your children if we so choose (John 1). In His name I pray. AMEN.

ENCOURAGEMENT

“May you and I cherish the Word of God.” <>< Dona