The gospel of Matthew deals with Jesus as King; the gospel of Mark shows Him as servant; in the gospel of Luke we see Him as a man, but more than a man, the God-Man; Son of God and Son of Man.
Someone once said, “The Son of God became the Son of Man, that the sons of men might become the sons of God.” O, the grace, mercy, love and power of God; how marvelous He truly is.
Looking at the genealogies of Matthew and then, of Luke we see a difference in the way they are reported. Matthew begins with Jesus Christ Himself and ends with Joseph. Luke begins the Joseph and goes backward to God Himself. Joseph is declared by Luke to be “son of Heli” who is believed to be Joseph’s father in law, thus being Mary’s genealogy.
There are some, who would tell us that the reports of the two gospel accounts, being so different means they are opposed to one another, thus contradict. There is another alternative to that. God never contradicts, this is God’s Word. It is correct, God is correct. Matthew gives us the genealogy of Joseph, and Luke gives us the genealogy of Mary.
Who is John the Baptist?
“And as the people were in expectation, and all men mused in their hearts of John, whether he were the Christ, or not; John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire: whose fan is in His hand, and He will throughly purge His floor, and will gather the wheat into His garner; but the chaff He will burn with fire unquenchable. And many other things in his exhortation preached he unto the people.” Luke 3:15-18 (KJV)
He was the promised son of elderly parents, Zacharias, and Elisabeth. They had been unable to have children for all the years they had been married, and then, one day while Zacharias is ministering within the temple an angel comes to him and tells him that he and Elisabeth will have a son. They are to name him John. He is to be the messenger of the Messiah, preparing the way before Him.
The Baptist gives glory to the Christ of God, and takes none for himself. He is a man who lived in the wilderness, dressed in camel’s hair, and ate honey and locusts (Matthew 3:4). He preached the message of repentance, calling the people to be rid of sin in their hearts and lives, the Christ is coming.
Many were seeing the Baptist as though he might be that Christ. He, however, tells them that he is not worthy to loose the latchet of His shoes. That One is “mightier than I”. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. John the Baptist points the people to the Messiah/Christ of Israel; who is the Savior of the world.
That One, the Messiah has come to die for the sins of the world. He is set to come again, to rid the world of sin. He will come.
-Tim A. Blankenship