6: The Baptism, Genealogy, and Temptations of Jesus (Lk
After completing his ministry,
John was put in prison by Herod. Luke makes a clear shift from John’s ministry
to that of Jesus by mentioning John’s imprisonment before Jesus’ baptism.
Although John was a key figure in the baptism of Jesus, Luke does not mention
John at all. The narrative now focuses on Jesus. He comes on the scene as a man
who was baptized with all the people, who had a genealogy, and who went through
temptations. But He was more than a human being. In these opening accounts of
Jesus’ ministry, we see Him as the perfect man who was also the Son of God.
“And the Holy Spirit descended in bodily form
like a dove upon Him, and a voice came from heaven which said, ‘You are My
beloved Son; in You I am well pleased’” (3:22).
“Then Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit,
returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness” (4:1).
does each of the 3 sections in this passage demonstrate both Jesus’ humanity
1a. His baptism
1b. His genealogy
1c. His temptation
1. What is the purpose of Jesus’
baptism? Did He also need to repent?
2. Why is it significant that
Jesus also was baptized while all the people were baptized?
3a. What events took place while
3b. What is the meaning of these
4. How can we be God’s beloved
5. Compare and contrast this genealogy with the
one recorded in Matthew.
6. What is the purpose for the
inclusion of Jesus’ genealogy?
7a. Under what circumstance was
7b. What does this teach us?
8. Jesus was led by the Holy
Spirit into the wilderness. Why must Jesus go through temptations?
9a. What traps was the devil
laying down with each of his temptations?
9b. What are the common
characteristics of temptations?
9c. How are these three temptations similar to
temptations we face today?
10. Explain each of Jesus’
responses to the devil’s temptations.
11. All the earthly authority and
glory have been delivered to Satan, and he gives it to whomever he wishes (6).
What does this fact teach you?
12a. What was the difference
between Satan’s and Jesus’ use of the Scripture?
12b. What does this teach us
about our attitude toward God’s word?
13. Learning from the example of
Jesus, what enables us to overcome temptations?
14. “Now when the devil had ended
every temptation, he departed from Him