Blessed are You, O Lord, who is the Son of the living God.

Jesus, when he began his ministry, was about thirty years of age,
being the son (as was supposed) of Joseph, the son of Heli,
the son of Matthat, the son of Levi, the son of Melchi, 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 Josech, 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 Melchi, the son of Addi, the son of Cosam, the son of Elmadam,
the son of Er, the son of Joshua, 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 Eliakim, the son of Melea,
the son of 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 Sala,
the son of Nahshon, the son of Amminadab, the son of Admin, the son of Arni,
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 Mahalaleel, the son of Cainan, the son of Enos,
the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God. ~Luke 1:23-38 (ESV)

So I have to ask. Did you take the time to really read Luke’s introduction of Jesus? Or did you skim like I did? As I read through this genealogy a little slower, I remembered that Jesus once quizzed his disciples about who people said he was.

Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples,
“Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said,
“Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter replied,
“You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus answered him,
“Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you,but my Father who is in heaven. ~Matthew 16:13-17 (ESV)

Peter knew not just the facts of Jesus’ genealogy, he also knew by heart the wonder of what flesh and blood could not reveal to him. “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”  The living God was standing before him.

So it seems, Luke does not want his readers to miss the wonder of  Jesus’ lineage.  Before there was Adam, there was the son of God. Jesus always was and always will be. May you and I know by heart the wonder of Jesus, the Son of God…the living God.

Blessed are You, O Lord, who is the Son of the living God.

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