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Jesus & the Kingdom

(Category 14 of 16)

The first in a five-part series on the Gospel of Luke. We explore the amazing events surrounding the birth of Jesus. The humble conditions of his family and their low status in Israelite society foreshadow the upside-down nature of Jesus’ kingdom.

Explore Luke Ch 1-2

LUKE 1-2: (GOS)


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Christ Born of Mary


1 And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered.
2 aThis census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria.
3 So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city.
4 Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to athe city of David, which is called Bethlehem, bbecause he was of the house and lineage of David,
5 to be registered with Mary, ahis betrothed 1wife, who was with child.
6 So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered.
7 And ashe brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a 1 manger , because there was no room for them in the inn.

Glory in the Highest

8 Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night.
9 And 1behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, aand they were greatly afraid.
10 Then the angel said to them, a“Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy bwhich will be to all people.
11 a“For there is born to you this day in the city of David ba Savior, cwho is Christ the Lord.
12 “And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a 1manger.”

CHAPTER 2 References

2 aActs 5:37
4 a1 Sam.
16:1; Mic. 5:2
bMatt. 1:16
5 a[Matt. 1:18] 1NU omits
7 aMatt. 1:25
1feed trough
9 aLuke 1:12
1NU omits
10 aLuke 1:13,
30 bGen. 12:3
11 aIs. 9:6
bMatt. 1:21
cActs 2:36
12 1feed
13 aDan. 7:10
14 aLuke 19:38
bIs. 57:19
c[Eph. 2:4, 7] 1NU toward
men of goodwill
17 1NU omits
19 aGen. 37:11
20 aLuke 19:37
21 aLev. 12:3
b[Matt. 1:21] cLuke 1:31
1NU for His
22 aLev. 12:2–8
23 aDeut. 18:4
bEx. 13:2, 12,
24 aLev. 12:2, 8
25 aMark
26 a[Heb. 11:5] 27 aMatt. 4:1

LUKE 2:28

13 aAnd suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:

14 “Glorya to God in the highest, And on earth bpeace, cgoodwill1 toward men!”

15 So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.”
16 And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger.
17 Now when they had seen Him, they made 1widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child.
18 And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds.
19 aBut Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart.
20 Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and apraising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them.

Circumcision of Jesus

21 aAnd when eight days were completed 1for the circumcision of the Child, His name was called bJESUS, the name given by the angel cbefore He was conceived in the womb.

Jesus Presented in the Temple

22 Now when athe days of her purification according to the law of Moses were completed, they brought Him to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord
23 a(as it is written in the law of the Lord, b“Every male who opens the womb shall be called holy to the LORD” ),
24 and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the law of the Lord, a“A pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.”

Simeon Sees God’s Salvation

25 And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon, and this man was just and devout, awaiting for the Consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him.
26 And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not asee death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.
27 So he came aby the Spirit into the temple. And when the parents brought in the Child Jesus, to do for Him according to the custom of the law,
28 he took Him up in his arms and blessed God and said:

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LUKE 2:29

29 “Lord, anow You are letting Your servant depart in peace, According to Your word;
30 For my eyes ahave seen Your salvation
31 Which You have prepared before the face of all peoples,
32 aA light to bring revelation to the Gentiles, And the glory of Your people Israel.”

33 1And Joseph and His mother marveled at those things which were spoken of Him.
34 Then Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary His mother, “Behold, this Child is destined for the afall and rising of many in Israel, and for ba sign which will be spoken against
35 “(yes, aa sword will pierce through your own soul also), that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.”

Anna Bears Witness to the Redeemer

36 Now there was one, Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of aAsher. She was of a great age, and had lived with a husband seven years from her virginity;
37 and this woman was a widow 1of about eighty-four years, who did not depart from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers anight and day.
38 And coming in that instant she gave thanks to 1the Lord, and spoke of Him to all those who alooked for redemption in Jerusalem.

The Family Returns to Nazareth

39 So when they had performed all things according to the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own city, Nazareth.
40 aAnd the Child grew and became strong 1in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him.

The Boy Jesus Amazes the Scholars

41 His parents went to aJerusalem bevery year at the Feast of the Passover.
42 And when He was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem according to the acustom of the feast.
43 When they had finished the adays, as they returned, the Boy Jesus lingered behind in Jerusalem. And 1Joseph and His mother did not know it;
44 but supposing Him to have been in the company, they went a day’s journey, and sought Him among their relatives and acquaintances.
45 So when they did not find Him, they returned to Jerusalem, seeking Him.
46 Now so it was that after three

29 aGen. 46:30
30 a[Is. 52:10] 32 aIs. 42:6;
Acts 10:45;
13:47; 28:28
33 1NU And
His father
and mother
34 a[1 Pet. 2:7,
8] bActs 4:1–3;
17:32; 28:22
35 aPs. 42:10
36 aJosh. 19:24
37 a1 Tim. 5:5
1NU until she
was eightyfour
38 aMark
15:43 1NU
40 aLuke 1:80;
2:52 1NU
omits in spirit
41 aJohn 4:20
bDeut. 16:1, 16
42 aEx. 23:14,
43 aEx. 12:15
1NU His parents
47 aMatt. 7:28;
13:54; 22:33
49 aJohn 9:4
b[Luke 4:22,
32] 50 aJohn 7:15,
51 aDan. 7:28
52 a[Col. 2:2,
3] b1 Sam.

CHAPTER 3 References

1 aMatt. 27:2
2 aActs 4:6
bLuke 1:13
1NU, M in the
high priesthood
Annas and
3 aMark 1:4
bLuke 1:77
4 aIs. 40:3–5
6 aIs. 52:10
7 aMatt. 3:7;
12:34; 23:33
8 a[2 Cor.

sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions.
47 And aall who heard Him were astonished at His understanding and answers.
48 So when they saw Him, they were amazed; and His mother said to Him, “Son, why have You done this to us? Look, Your father and I have sought You anxiously.”
49 And He said to them, “Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be aabout bMy Father’s business?”
50 But athey did not understand the statement which He spoke to them.

Jesus Advances in Wisdom and Favor

51 Then He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was 1subject to them, but His mother akept all these things in her heart.
52 And Jesus aincreased in wisdom and stature, band in favor with God and men.

John the Baptist Prepares the Way


1 Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, aPontius Pilate being governor of Judea, Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, his brother Philip tetrarch of Iturea and the region of Trachonitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene,
2 1while aAnnas and Caiaphas were high priests, the word of God came to bJohn the son of Zacharias in the wilderness.
3 aAnd he went into all the region around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance bfor the remission of sins,
4 as it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet, saying:

a“The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the LORD; Make His paths straight.
5 Every valley shall be filled And every mountain and hill brought low; The crooked places shall be made straight And the rough ways smooth;
6 And aall flesh shall see the salvation of God.’ ”

John Preaches to the People

7 Then he said to the multitudes that came out to be baptized by him, aBrood1 of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?
8 “Therefore bear fruits aworthy of repentance, and do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I say to you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones.
9 “And even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees. Therefore

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aevery tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.”
10 So the people asked him, saying, a“What shall we do then?”
11 He answered and said to them, a“He who has two tunics, let him give to him who has none; and he who has food, blet him do likewise.”
12 Then atax collectors also came to be baptized, and said to him, “Teacher, what shall we do?”
13 And he said to them, a“Collect no more than what is appointed for you.”
14 Likewise the soldiers asked him, saying, “And what shall we do?” So he said to them, “Do not 1intimidate anyone aor accuse falsely, and be content with your wages.”
15 Now as the people were in expectation, and all reasoned in their hearts about John, whether he was the Christ or not,
16 John answered, saying to all, a“I indeed baptize you with water; but One mightier than I is coming, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose. He will bbaptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
17 “His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and agather the wheat into His barn; but the chaff He will burn with unquenchable fire.”
18 And with many other exhortations he preached to the people.
19 aBut Herod the tetrarch, being rebuked by him concerning Herodias, his 1brother Philip’s wife, and for all the evils which Herod had done,
20 also added this, above all, that he shut John up in prison.

John Baptizes Jesus

21 When all the people were baptized, ait came to pass that Jesus also was baptized; and while He prayed, the heaven was opened.
22 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 awell pleased.”

The Genealogy of Jesus Christ

23 Now Jesus Himself began His ministry at aabout thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) bthe son of Joseph, the son of Heli,
24 the son of Matthat, the son of Levi, the son of Melchi, the son of Janna, the son of Joseph,
25 the son of Mattathiah, the son of Amos, the son of Nahum, the son of Esli, the son of Naggai,
26 the son of Maath, the son of Mattathiah, the son of Semei, the son of Joseph, the son of Judah,
27 the son of Joannas, the son of

9 aMatt. 7:19
10 a[Acts 2:37,
38; 16:30, 31] 11 a2 Cor. 8:14
bIs. 58:7
12 aLuke 7:29
13 aLuke 19:8
14 aEx. 20:16;
23:1 1Lit.
shake down
for money
16 aMatt. 3:11,
12 bJohn 7:39;
17 aMatt.
19 aMark 6:17
1NU brother’s
21 aMatt.
22 a2 Pet. 1:17
23 a[Num. 4:3,
35, 39, 43, 47] bJohn 6:42
27 aEzra 2:2;
31 aZech.
12:12 b2 Sam.
5:14; 7:12; Is.
9:7; Jer. 23:5
32 aRuth
34 aGen. 11:24,
26–30; 12:3
36 aGen. 11:12
bGen. 10:22,
24; 11:10–13
cGen. 5:6–32;
9:27; 11:10
38 aGen. 5:1, 2

Rhesa, the son of aZerubbabel, the son of Shealtiel, the son of Neri,
28 the son of Melchi, the son of Addi, the son of Cosam, the son of Elmodam, the son of Er,
29 the son of Jose, the son of Eliezer, the son of Jorim, the son of Matthat, the son of Levi,
30 the son of Simeon, the son of Judah, the son of Joseph, the son of Jonan, the son of Eliakim,
31 the son of Melea, the son of Menan, the son of Mattathah, the son of aNathan, bthe son of David,
32 athe son of Jesse, the son of Obed, the son of Boaz, the son of Salmon, the son of Nahshon,
33 the son of Amminadab, the son of Ram, the son of Hezron, the son of Perez, the son of Judah,
34 the son of Jacob, the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham, athe son of Terah, the son of Nahor,
35 the son of Serug, the son of Reu, the son of Peleg, the son of Eber, the son of Shelah,
36 athe son of Cainan, the son of bArphaxad, cthe son of Shem, the son of Noah, the son of Lamech,
37 the son of Methuselah, the son of Enoch, the son of Jared, the son of Mahalalel, the son of Cainan,
38 the son of Enosh, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, athe son of God.

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The Majesty and Condescension of God


1 aPraise, O servants of the LORD, Praise the name of the LORD!
2 aBlessed be the name of the LORD From this time forth and forevermore!
3 aFrom the rising of the sun to its going down The LORD’s name is to be praised.

4 The LORD is ahigh above all nations, bHis glory above the heavens.
5 aWho is like the LORD our God, Who dwells on high,

PSALM 113 References

1 aPs. 135:1
1Heb. Hallelujah
2 a[Dan. 2:20] 3 aIs. 59:19;
Mal. 1:11
4 aPs. 97:9;
99:2 b[Ps. 8:1] 5 aPs. 89:6; [Is.
57:15] 6 a[Ps. 11:4; Is.
57:15] 7 a1 Sam. 2:8;
Ps. 107:41 bPs.
8 a[Job 36:7] 9 a1 Sam. 2:5;
Is. 54:1 1childless

6 aWho humbles Himself to behold The things that are in the heavens and in the earth?

7 aHe raises the poor out of the dust, And lifts the bneedy out of the ash heap,
8 That He may aseat him with princes— With the princes of His people.
9 aHe grants the 1barren woman a home, Like a joyful mother of children.

Praise the LORD!




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