Second Adam…



Luke 3:23–38 (NRSV): 23 Jesus was about thirty years old when he began his work. He was the son (as was thought) of Joseph son of Heli, 24 son of Matthat, son of Levi, son of Melchi, son of Jannai, son of Joseph, 25 son of Mattathias, son of Amos, son of Nahum, son of Esli, son of Naggai, 26 son of Maath, son of Mattathias, son of Semein, son of Josech, son of Joda, 27 son of Joanan, son of Rhesa, son of Zerubbabel, son of Shealtiel, son of Neri, 28 son of Melchi, son of Addi, son of Cosam, son of Elmadam, son of Er, 29 son of Joshua, son of Eliezer, son of Jorim, son of Matthat, son of Levi, 30 son of Simeon, son of Judah, son of Joseph, son of Jonam, son of Eliakim, 31 son of Melea, son of Menna, son of Mattatha, son of Nathan, son of David… 38 son of Adam, son of God.

I’ll admit it. Genealogies in scripture often bore me. This one is different. One might expect Jesus’ genealogy to go back to David in v.31 because the Messiah was prophesied to be one from the house of David. Luke goes all the way back to God himself. (I edited the geneology verses to make the passage shorter. You’re welcome.)

Some refer to Jesus as the “2nd Adam”. The first Adam participated in the fall of original sin resulting in the curse of death. Jesus redeemed humanity via his death and resurrection. It’s a second chance for all people, including me and you.

If there’s anyone who needs second chances it’s me. This morning I’m filled with gratitude for the grace and mercy God the Father makes available through Jesus the Son.


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