Son of God, Son of Man
Passage: Luke 3:21–3:38
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- Jesus did not immerse Himself in the sinner’s baptism because He was sinful, but He did so in order to identify with sinful humanity. How does Hebrews 2:17-18, help your understanding of why Jesus had to become a man in order to atone for our sins? What does this tell you about God’s love for and understanding of His people? 17 Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. 18 For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.” Hebrews 2:17-18
- In our passage, we are meant to see that the love that moves Jesus to identify with sinful man is an overflow of the great love that exists within the Trinity. Our salvation is the result of the love shared between the three persons of God Himself. Think about the purest most intense love humans can experience in this life - compared to that, what do you think it will be like when you one day experience for all eternity, the love that exists within the three persons of the Trinity? How should such an eternal love encourage you today?
- In Luke’s list of Jesus’ human ancestors, we are shown that even within the line of the Messiah - even in the godliest and best of humanity - every single one is still plagued by sin. What does Jesus’ lineage reveal about the hopelessness of fallen humanity?...about the need for a Savior?...about the love of God for fallen man?...about how we ought to love God?
- Martin Lloyd Jones famously said about man, “We are as glorious as the angels and as dreadful as an ape”. Do you agree? If so, what do you think he meant by this statement and why do you think it is true? Why should we never lose sight of, or underestimate our potential for evil? What should be our proper response to this potential?