Family Trees | A Sunday Message From Pastor Donnie

Updated: Jan 22

Luke 3:22-38

1. How do you start?

2. How do you finish?

23 Now Jesus Himself began His ministry at about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, the son of Heli,

1. How do you start?

How did Jesus start?

*By being filled in the Holy Spirit

*His ministry was began by being filled with Holy spirit.

What a joy to be filled with the Spirit.

What a humble way to start.

Our King, being perfect, would not need to be baptized.

Remember John’s baptism was baptism for the Repentance of Sins.

Sin is what we do.

The Godman, Jesus lived a perfect sinless life and walked on this earth.

He submitted himself to being water baptized…

and then the blessed promise of the Holy Spirit descended on Him with power.

Power- to start a ministry.

Power to do the greatest 3 years of life ever known to man.

3 years of training men to change the world.

3 years of pouring into men that would give us books of the Bible

and save one, all these men would die martyrs.

So much rich truth here -

You can start anything in the flesh for sure.

Many things are started and God lets them start.

Looking back on things, the ministry of Jeremiah…

40 years without a single convert,

one could say, “what a work of the flesh”,

No way Jose! There are so many verses and accounts that minister still to this day.

How about

Jeremiah 29:11-13

11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. 12 Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. 13 And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.

I think for me to remember how we started.

Did you do something in your flesh or did you do it for God’s glory?

And did you do it in God’s timing?

That’s a question for the ages.

Do you want Jesus to be a point of interest on your map? Or is He the Whole map of your life?

Being sent out to church plant and starting in the Spirit should be the real focus of anyone who teaches and is a leader of God’s church. Many people can be critical, I have done it myself, it’s those times I remember my King and how he started.

He Started in the Spirit.

Don’t forget how important it is to start well!

Do you also know that the words “HIS Ministry” as we see in verse 23 don’t exist in the Greek?

They might be in italics in your Bible.

Why is that important? Because it was the Lord’s calling to do this once He was baptized.

Here are 2 other verses to support this;

Acts 1:21-22 “Therefore it is necessary that of the men who have accompanied us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us– beginning with the baptism of John until the day that He was taken up from us–one of these must become a witness with us of His resurrection.”

Acts 10:37-38 you yourselves know the thing which took place throughout all Judea, starting from Galilee, after the baptism which John proclaimed. You know of Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and how He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.

The baptism of water and the power came forward into his 3 years of doing the work…

The work of sharing, caring, and discipling 12 men who would change the world.

Did you know that you can do ministry without power?

You can, you can do a lot in your flesh or in your mental ability and giftings that God has given you.

Don’t do it.

Pray and ask for the Holy Spirit to lead and guide you.

If we had not done this, ReFresh Church would not exist.

I have been praying personally for about 5-6 years.

If you have a calling to be a church planter, start praying about it like you have never prayed before.

Believe it.

This is God’s work; a work and walk of grace that He has done with us.

One more little tid bit to consider.

Did you see how old Jesus was?

Look at the people who start at 30.

Ezekiel began his ministry at 30

 Joseph was also 30 "when he stood before Pharaoh, king of Egypt

 "David was thirty years old when he became king, and he reigned forty years

Thirty was also the age at which the priests began to serve,

Moses recording "from thirty years and upward, even to fifty years old, all who enter the service to do the work in the tent of meeting."

One possible reason why Jesus started his Ministry at 30 is because it would be more acceptable to the Jewish culture.

I don’t see a need for people to wait to be Pastors.

Having a team around young pastors always helps.

Life has a simple way, when walking with Christ, to be the greatest tutor most of us need.

As we start the genealogy,

Do you see how the good Dr. Luke starts this?

He starts by saying Joseph is the supposed father.

This is not a slap in his face,

Joseph did his earthly and Godly duty to raise Jesus as his own.

A step dad if you will…

I don’t think enough credit is given to what Joseph did.

He raised the child of God.

It was a super big deal.

He also was such a Godly man.

He raised this child without it being his.

Joseph is the greatest example of step parent.

I am hopeful, that if life leads you down this path someday, that you would remember that Jesus our Savior, had a step parent. A good one at that.

So, as we start this genealogy, most folks don’t really know their ancestors.

I will confess, I did one of those ancestry DNA tests.

It ended up being correct on one side and the other side was not so clear.

It was interesting to say the least.

Our genealogy in Christ leads us to heaven.

For us to understand why, we need to dig a bit deeper.

Why record this lineage and let us know?

So, let me give you a few reasons why there would be a genealogy record and why Dr. Luke and Matthew both have them written in their books.

To the Jews, genealogies were critical.  

(1) Ancestry determined one's claim on land. 

Where tribes and families started

(2) Ancestry determined claims to the right of inheritance.

Family line had to prove it.

There’s a movie called “There Will Be Blood”.

It’s an interesting account of an oil tycoon (a savage).

He ends up fighting with the local pastor.

This man ends up getting lied to/swindled by a man who says he was a brother from another mother. (he couldn’t provide documents to prove it)

All the dots add up and the t’s crossed from what he said, however…

The Tycoon asked a critical question that revealed the lie.

He asked a question about the land and where he said he was from.

It revealed the lie to him.

Now, we could google properties and go to our county assessor’s office for information.

That was not the case before the internet.

(3) Ancestry established the basis of taxation

That's why when Joseph and Mary went to be taxed they went to Bethlehem

They were of the house and line of David. 

And that was the birthplace of that family

That's where they went because that's where their genealogical records were kept.

(4) Any claim to the priesthood had to be verified by genealogy. 

(5) Any claim to royalty, any claim to being king, Messiah,

to be king, one had to have lineage directly from the great king who was David himself. 

So, if you claimed a royal pedigree, you had to prove it by your genealogy.

Interesting isn’t it?

So, when you’re reading Chronicles (or any other book in the bible with genealogy) know that there is reason. It’s not to bore you.

There are some interesting people here.