Bible Study Devotional – Day 132 – Commentary Luke 3:21-38 – How do you (will you) celebrate your children?

When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as he was praying, heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.” Now Jesus himself was about thirty years old when he began his ministry. He was the son, so it was thought, of Joseph, the son of Heli, the son of Matthat, the son of Levi, the son of Melki, 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 if Maath, the son of Mattathias, the son of Semein, the son of Josek, 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 Melki, 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 Salmon, the son of Nahshon, the son of Amminadab, the son of Ram, 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 Mahalalel, the son of Kenan, the son of Enosh, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God.

Last weekend our family gathered to celebrate the 30th birthday and new job of my daughter, Rebecca, in Sarasota at the Highland Games and Celtic Festival. We are incredibly proud of her as we are with all our children, but last weekend we celebrated only R ebecca. We are also pleased with our Armstrong heritage. (I am an Armstrong by marriage, but I’m adopted into the family. I am also proud of my birth family.) We wore pins depicting our strong arms and some wore the Armstrong green and blue plaid. We should all be gratified by the families God has placed us into. Here Luke gives us Jesus’ genealogy. I have underlined the names of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and David, the names prophesied to be part of the Messiah’s genealogy. Besides Jesus, every person in His long family list has made mistakes. Perhaps some of our relatives have made poor decisions, too, but we should still be proud of our families and try our best to make our family name honorable.

Jesus is baptized not because He has sins to repent but because He is setting a good example of what God wants his children to do: to repent of our sins, to be baptized for the forgiveness of our sins through Jesus, and to pray. God is proud of Jesus and acts on it in a big way. He opens heaven and sends His Holy Spirit upon Jesus in the form of a dove, and he tells Jesus that He loves Him and is well-pleased with Him.

How many of us long to hear those words from our parents? We are so blessed when we do. When we choose moments to show and tell our children how proud we are of them, they will likely continue to do things to please us and God. When you choose to follow Jesus and come before our Father, He will open heaven for you and tell you how proud He is of you.

Father God, we know you’re proud of us for following Jesus. Help us to learn from his Word and your showing us how to be proud of our children. Whenever our children do something that please us, help us to be creative in celebrating and telling them how proud we are of them.

If you are interested why the genealogies of Jesus listed in Matthew and Luke are different, the following article is interesting. The Genealogies of Matthew and Luke by Dave Miller http://apologeticspress.org/apcontent.aspx?category=6&article=932

Bible Study Devotional – Day 132 – Commentary Luke 3:21-38 – How do you (will you) celebrate your children?

2 thoughts on “Bible Study Devotional – Day 132 – Commentary Luke 3:21-38 – How do you (will you) celebrate your children?

  1. I think that most parents celebrate their children. Obviously, there are many ways to do that. It can be as simple as giving a compliment about something that was well done. I guess that the words, I am proud of you, don’t always need to be said. There are so many ways to let someone know that you are appreciated, loved and respected. I just looked at wedding pictures of your marriage. It was so easy to see the love and pride in mom and dad’s eyes as they celebrated you!

    1. You are right. A compliment serves the same purpose as telling a child you are proud of them. When Jesus fought off the devil for 40 days, God said, “You are my son with whom I am well pleased.” That must have heightened Jesus’ spirits immensely and given him the courage to begin his ministry as the Messiah. Whenever we give compliments, encourage, or tell our children and grandchildren we are proud of them, it gives them courage to continue to do things that make us proud of them. We should not assume that they should see we are proud of them by looking into our eyes.

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