The Genealogy of Jesus as Flesh
(Matt 1:1-17, Luke 3:23-38)
For those who wish to know, this is the paternal genealogy of Jesus Christ (the man), the son of David, the son of Abraham:
Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, and Judah the father of Perez and Zerah by Tamar, and Perez the father of Hezron, and Hezron the father of Ram, and Ram the father of Amminadab, and Amminadab the father of Nahshon, and Nahshon the father of Salmon, and Salmon the father of Boaz by Rahab, and Boaz the father of Obed by Ruth, and Obed the father of Jesse, and Jesse the father of David the king. And David was the father of Solomon by the wife of Uriah, and Solomon the father of Rehoboam, and Rehoboam the father of Abijah, and Abijah the father of Asaph, and Asaph the father of Jehoshaphat, and Jehoshaphat the father of Joram, and Joram the father of Uzziah, and Uzziah the father of Jotham, and Jotham the father of Ahaz, and Ahaz the father of Hezekiah, and Hezekiah the father of Manasseh, and Manasseh the father of Amos, and Amos the father of Josiah, and Josiah the father of Jechoniah and his brothers, at the time of the deportation to Babylon. And after the deportation to Babylon: Jechoniah was the father of Shealtiel, and Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel, and Zerubbabel the father of Abiud, and Abiud the father of Eliakim, and Eliakim the father of Azor, and Azor the father of Zadok, and Zadok the father of Achim, and Achim the father of Eliud, and Eliud the father of Eleazar, and Eleazar the father of Matthan, and Matthan the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born, who is called Christ.
So all the generations from Abraham to David were fourteen generations, and from David to the deportation to Babylon fourteen generations, and from the deportation to Babylon to Christ, fourteen generations.
And this is the maternal genealogy:
The son of Mary, the daughter of Heli, the son of Matthat, the son of Levi, the son of Melchi, 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 of Maath, the son of Mattathias, the son of Semein, the son of Josech, 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 Melchi, 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 Sala, the son of Nahshon, the son of Amminadab, the son of Admin, the son of Arni, 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 Mahalaleel, the son of Cainan, the son of Enos, the son of Seth, the son of Adam (the first man).
The Magi’s Search to Find Jesus
Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of the king, Herod the Great, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to honour him.”
When Herod heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where this king was to be born. They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea. For so it is written by the prophet Micah: ‘And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.'” [Micah#5:2]
Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star had appeared and he sent them to Bethlehem saying, “Go and search diligently for this king, and when you have found him, bring me word, that I too may come and honour him.”
After listening to Herod, they went on their way. And the star that they had seen went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. When they saw the star stop, they rejoiced exceedingly. And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they knelt down and honoured him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh.
Escape From Herod to Egypt
Now when they had departed, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother and flee to Egypt and remain there until I tell you, for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.”
And he rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed to Egypt and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfil what the Lord had spoken by the prophet Hosea, “Out of Egypt I called my son.” [Hosea#11:1]
Then Herod, when he saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, became furious and he ordered that all male children in Bethlehem and in all that region who were two years old or under, according to the time that he had ascertained from the wise men, were to be killed.
Then was fulfilled what was spoken by the prophet Jeremiah: “A voice was heard in Ramah, weeping and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be comforted, because they are no more.” [Jer#31:15]
Returning from Egypt to Nazareth
(Matt 2:19-23, Luke 2:39-40)
But when Herod died, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, saying, “Rise, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for he who sought the child’s life is dead.” And he rose and took the child and his mother and went to the land of Israel.
But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning over Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. So, when they had performed everything according to the Law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth; that what was spoken by the prophets was fulfilled: “He shall be called a Nazirite”. [Judg#13:5]
Jesus’ Visit at the Passover
Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year for the Feast of the Passover and this year, Jesus was twelve years old.
And when the feast was ended, as they were returning, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. But his parents did not know, and supposing him to be in the group they went a day’s journey before realizing he was not with them. And when they began to search for him among their relatives and acquaintances, and did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem to search for him.
After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. All who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers.
And when his parents saw him, they were astonished and his mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us so? Your father and I have been searching for you in great distress.” And he said to them, “Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” And they did not understand the saying that he spoke to them.
So he went back with them and came to Nazareth and was submissive to them, and his mother treasured up all these things in her heart.
John the Baptist’s Ministry
(Matt 3:1-12, Mark 1:2-8, Luke 3:1-18, John 1:19-28)
In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judea, and Herod Antipas being tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene, during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John the son of Zechariah in the wilderness of Judea.
And he went into the region of Bethany around the Jordan river preaching, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
For I am he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah when he said, “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord; make his paths straight. Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be made low, and the crooked shall become straight, and the rough places shall become level ways, and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.'” [Isa#40:3-5]
And the prophet Malachi when he said “Behold, I send my messenger before Your face, who shall prepare Your way before You.'” [Mal#3:1]
Now John wore a garment of camel’s hair and a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey. And people from Jerusalem and all Judea and all the region about the Jordan were going out to him, and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.
But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bear fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not presume to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father,’ for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children for Abraham. Even now the axe is laid to the root of the trees. Every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor and gather his wheat into the barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.'”
And the crowds asked him, “What then shall we do?”
And he answered them, “Whoever has two tunics is to share with him who has none, and whoever has food is to do likewise.”
Tax collectors also came to be baptized and said to him, “Teacher, what shall we do?”
And he said to them, “Collect no more than you are authorized to do.”
Soldiers also asked him, “And we, what shall we do?”
And he said to them, “Do not extort money from anyone by threats or by false accusation, and be content with your wages.”
And the priests and Levites who had been sent from Jerusalem by the Jews said, “Are you the Messiah?”
He answered, “I am not the Messiah.”
And they asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?”
He said, “I am not.”
And they asked him, “Are you the prophet Moses predicted?” [Deut#18:15]
And he answered, “No.”
So they said to him, “Who are you then? We need to give an answer to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?”
He answered, “I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord,’ as the prophet Isaiah said.'”
Then they asked him, “Then why are you baptizing, if you are neither the Messiah, nor Elijah, nor the prophet Moses spoke of?”
He answered, “I baptize with water, but among you will stand one you do not know, one who comes after me, the strap of whose sandal I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.”
The Baptism of Jesus
(Matt 3:13-17, Mark 1:9-11, Luke 3:21-23, John 1:15-18, 29-34)
The next day, Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan river, to be baptized by John. But John was reluctant, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and you come to me?”
But Jesus answered him, “Let it be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfil all righteousness.” Then he consented.
And John cried out to the people, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks before me, because he was before me. For this purpose I came baptizing with water, that he might be revealed to Israel.'”
When Jesus had been baptized and was praying, the heavens were opened, and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form, like a dove; and a voice came from heaven saying, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”
John said, “I have seen and borne witness that this is the Son of God. He is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit and fire.”
The Temptation of Jesus by Satan
(Matt 4:1-11, Mark 1:12-13, Luke 4:1-13)
Immediately after his baptism, Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and the angels were ministering to him. He ate nothing during those days and when they were ended, he was hungry.
So Satan said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.”
But he answered, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.'” [Deut#8:3]
Then Satan took him to Jerusalem and set him on the pinnacle of the temple and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down, for it is written, ‘He will command his angels concerning you. On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.'” [Ps#91:11,12]
Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.'” [Deut#6:16]
Then Satan took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory.
And he said to him, “To you I will give all this authority and their glory, for it has been delivered to me, and I give it to whom I will. If you, then, will worship me, it will all be yours.”
Then Jesus said to him, “Be gone, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.'” [Deut#6:13]
The First Call of Some Disciples
Now, after the temptation, John was standing with two of his disciples [by the Jordan river] and he looked at Jesus as he walked by and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!” The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus.
Jesus turned and saw them following and said to them, “What are you seeking?” And they said to him, “Rabbi (which means Teacher), where are you staying?” He said to them, “Come and you will see.” So they came and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day, for it was about the tenth hour.
One of the two who heard John speak and followed Jesus was Andrew. Andrew fetched his brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah.” He brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “So you are Simon the son of Jonah? You shall be called Peter” [which means Cephas and ‘Rock’ in Aramaic].
Jesus decided to go to Galilee the next day. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter.
Philip called Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him of whom Moses in the Law and also the prophets wrote. He is Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.”
Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said of him, “Behold, an Israelite; and indeed one in whom there is no deceit!”
Nathanael said to him, “How do you know me?” Jesus answered him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I knew who you were.”
Nathaniel answered and said to him, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the king of Israel!”
Jesus answered him and said, “Simply because I said to you, ‘I knew who you were’ you believed? You will see greater things than that.”
And he said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”