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We Are God’s Beloved Children.

Luke 3:21-38    Ezekiel 42-43    Isaiah 63

“You, O Lord, are our father” (Isaiah 63:16). And alongside this word of the prophet, today’s readings include Luke’s identification of Jesus as “son of Adam, son of God” (Luke 3:38). Why does Luke (unlike Matthew) trace Jesus’ heritage past Abraham, and through Adam, to God? And why would Luke, who has made clear his intention to write “an orderly account” (Luke 1:3) of the gospel, insert Jesus’ genealogy between his baptism and temptation, which both Matthew and Mark intimately link? Well. It appears that Luke intends to include us in the story. All of us. Do you see it? We, like Jesus, are children of Adam, children of God. God is father of us all. Beloved of God, we are in this story together. And God is with us . . .

“And the earth shone with his glory” (Ezekiel 43:2). And when Jesus had been baptized and was praying, “the heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended upon him” (Luke 3:21,22). Quite a contrast between these images and that of a people who ask God to “look down from heaven and see” (Isaiah 63:15)! Beloved, God our father has never been content to simply observe our story from a distance. The earth shines with God’s glory. Heaven is open. A child is born. A son is given. The Spirit descends. God is present. And God’s deepest desire for every one of us is expressed in the word spoken over Jesus:

“You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased” (Luke 3:22). The word stands in stark contrast to that of Isaiah, “they rebelled and grieved his holy spirit” (Isaiah 63:10). And in the contrast we see our choice: please God or grieve God. Rebel or obey. And we do have the choice, as Jesus, “son of Adam, son of God,” reveals; for we, like him, share a common heritage as beloved children of God. And this is true whether we believe it, or not (and not believing it is, as Luke 4 will reveal, our common temptation).  Sons of  Adam, sons of God . . . daughters of Eve, daughters of God . . . We are all God’s beloved children, and nothing can change this. May we, therefore, follow Jesus, our brother, in obedience and prayer. And may we each receive and hear that most precious word of the father, “you are my beloved child, and I am very, very proud of you!” Amen.

“You, O Lord, are our father;
our Redeemer from of old
is your name.”
— Isaiah 63:16

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