November 27, 2013

Genealogy of Christ through Mary - Luke 3:21-38

Dr. Luke includes this genealogy immediately following Jesus’ baptism, which concluded with the heavens opening up and the Holy Spirit descending on him in the form of a dove: “And a voice came from heaven: ‘You are my  Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.’” It was at this moment that Jesus’ true paternal roots were “officially” revealed. Luke then, quite appropriately, provides the genealogy of Jesus’ human heritage through Mary. While Matthew’s genealogy begins with Abraham and moves forward, Luke’s begins with Jesus and moves backward to Adam. Both genealogies prove that Jesus of Nazareth has the legal right to David’s throne since Joseph and Mary were both in David’s line.