Read Luke – Chapter 3
Up until Jesus came, people believed that their connection with God was secured through family ancestry — being a descendant of Abraham. But in vs. 8 John the Baptist warns that that isn’t enough to be “right” with God.
He preached that personal faith and living it out—producing fruit—matters. He called everyone to repentance (turning away from sin and turning toward God), to learn His way and practice it.
Later in the chapter, Luke gives us a record of Jesus’ ancestors. Genealogies show up many times throughout Scripture, but this is the last one. Might this be to underscore that our connection with God is not through the histories of our families, but through Jesus?
"For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus… And now that you belong to Christ, you are the true children of Abraham. You are his heirs, and God’s promise to Abraham belongs to you." --Galatians 3:26 & 29 NIV
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