Have you ever considered the significance of something as mundane as the account of Christ’s genealogy? Take Luke, for example; he meticulously traces Jesus’ ancestors, ending the genealogy at the very beginning of the human race. Listen to the end of the genealogy in Luke 3:38: “the son of Enosh, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God.” In the author’s mind it was significant for the reader to know that Jesus’ credentials linked him to the very first human being. So what’s so significant about tracing it back to the beginning of history? Well, if you will recall Adam, being the first human, was the representative of the entire human race. However, Adam did not fare so well in this role. He disobeyed God and thereby plunged all his descendants into a state of alienation from God. Then, thousands of years later Jesus Christ comes along as a new representative of the human race, a new son of God on a mission of restoration.
Christ, being fully human, was an heir of Adam. Therefore he had the credentials to reverse the effects of the first Adam. Yet unlike the first Adam, Christ was fully pleasing to God. Thus, it is not by accident that Luke places these words from Jesus’ baptism immediately prior to his genealogy. Listen to what God says of Him at His baptism. “Thou art My beloved Son, in Thee I am well-pleased.”
Something to think about from the “Kingdom Perspective.”