Jesus Had Grandparents

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Jesus had grandparents. That’s weird to think about.

This week we’ll read the Luke account of Jesus’ entire lineage. If you have a curious child who wants to compare it with the list in Matthew, you’ll notice some differences. DOES THIS MEAN THE BIBLE CAN’T BE TRUSTED!?!?

No.

Both accounts put their emphasis where they think it’s most helpful. Matthew tends to lean more Joseph heavy while Luke leans towards Mary. Matthew may have used Joseph’s lineage while Luke used Mary’s. And yes, both list Joseph, but it was not unusual, in that time, for someone to call a father-in-law a father.

As always, don’t get bogged down in the details. Read to hear the story of God’s love for humanity. It’s always, without fail, there.

July 15: Luke 2:22-40

Today’s Takeaways:

  • Even as a baby, it was clear to others that Jesus was sent from God.
  • Both Simeon and Anna believed Jesus was the Messiah.

Today’s Talking Topic:

  • Throughout his life, many people didn’t realize who Jesus was, but Simeon and Anna recognized it right away. Why do you think some people believed in Jesus and some didn’t?

July 16: Luke 2:41-52

Today’s Takeaways:

  • Mary and Joseph were very scared when they couldn’t find Jesus, but then they found him in the temple.
  • Jesus was comfortable in the temple and was obedient to his parents.

Today’s Talking Topic:

  • Why is it an important detail in Scripture that Jesus was obedient to his parents?

July 17: Luke 3:1-20

Today’s Takeaways:

  • John the Baptist was sent to prepare the way for Jesus, but he made it clear that he was not the Messiah.
  • John the Baptist taught people how to live.

Today’s Talking Topic:

  • John the Baptist was not afraid to call people out for living in unholy ways. Has there ever been a time where you have been nervous or afraid to call someone out?

July 18: Luke 3:21-38

Today’s Takeaways:

  • During Jesus’ baptism, God called him his Son.
  • Luke includes Jesus’ family history and makes sure to include David, Abraham, and Adam.

Today’s Talking Topic:

  • Though reading a bunch of names in a row is a little boring and might seem unnecessary, why might it be important that we know all of Jesus’ relatives going all the way back to Adam?

July 19: Luke 4:1-13

Today’s Takeaways:

  • Jesus was filled with the Holy Spirit after his baptism and immediately was tested by the devil.
  • The devil tested Jesus by twisting Scripture. Jesus didn’t fall for any of his tricks.

Today’s Talking Topic:

What does it mean to you that Jesus was faced with temptation, just like you are, but never sinned?

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