Friday, November 11, 2011

A Morning Cup of Tea: The Lineage of Jesus

Good morning and happy Veterans Day to you. My gratitude and deep respect, not only for the service members themselves, but also the families who have celebrated or postponed birthdays, holidays and other happy occasions, who don't get to kiss their loved ones hello or goodbye every day, for those who had to sit or stand as they received news that a son or husband gave their all to this country.  I am the daughter of a retired Army serviceman, the  great something daughter of one who served in the Federal military during the war between the states, the wife of a husband who gave ten years to his country and would gladly have given more. While he never went to war, he was willing to do so. May God bless all our service men and women and their families.
  Now, why do I mention our veterans in a post reserved usually for the life and legacy of Jesus?  While Jesus was not in the military for his country, he was at war. He gave his life so that we may live. Our military give their time and sometimes lives for our freedoms; Jesus gave his life for our very souls.  And because of the freedom of choice which comes not from our government but from our heavenly Father, we have the choice to accept that most precious gift, or to set it aside and say, no thank you in word or deed.
  Today, in verses 21 to the end of chapter three in Luke, the beloved physician Luke tells of the beginning of Jesus' ministry as an adult. He was about 30 years of age, and had been baptized by John the baptizer. Verse 22 is a wonderful testament:
  22. And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven,  which said: Thou art my  beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.
  The bible does not say whether there were witnesses to Jesus' baptism. But can you imagine the awe one would have being a witness to this? Wow.
  The rest of the chapter goes into the genealogy of Jesus, from Joseph's family line. One would expect the lineage to go back as far as David, but Luke traces the family all the way back to Adam. This is very impressive because no one living can do that anymore. although we know that if we could go back that far, we would all find Adam and Eve in our family history. Truth be told, I skimmed through the genealogy and will have to go back and re read it to fully appreciate it. I hope you take the time to read the chapter. Have a wonderful day.

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