Psalm of the Day: Psalm 33
Proverb of the Day: Proverbs 17:17-30
Scripture Reading: Luke 3:23-38
We see, lastly, in these verses what a frail and dying creature is man. We read at the end of the chapter a long list of names, containing the genealogy of the family in which our Lord was born, traced up through David and Abraham to Adam. How little we know of many of the seventy-five people, whose names are here recorded! They all had their joys and sorrows, their hopes and fears, their cares and troubles, their schemes and plans like any of ourselves. But they have all passed away from the earth, and gone to their own place. And so will it be with us. We too are passing away, and shall soon be gone.
[We often skip over reading genealogies when reading Scripture because they seem insignificant and tedious. Since all Scripture is God-breathed and profitable, this is not the case. We see here a line of men who are sinful and rebellious. It is often said that you cannot choose who you family is. This was not the case for Jesus. He chose to descend from some of the worst sinners to demonstrate the power of salvation. Jesus came from sinners for sinners, but was never a sinner.]
Forever let us bless God, that in a dying world we are able to turn to a living Savior! "I am the Living One! I was dead and behold I am alive forever and ever!" "I am the resurrection and the life!" (Revelation 1:18; John 11:25.) Let our main care be, to be one with Christ and Christ with us. Joined to the Lord Jesus by faith we shall rise again to live for evermore. The second death shall have no power over us. "Because I live," says Christ, "you shall live also!" (John 14:19.)
Prayer for the Day: Dear Lord, thank you that I can have salvation through the sinless One, Jesus Christ.
Action Plan: Since Jesus died for the forgiveness of sins, I should walk sinless before him. What sins do I need to confess and forsake right now?
This devotional was taken from The Gospel of Luke by J.C. Ryle published in 1858
and adapted by Pastor Tim Lewis of New England Shores Baptist Church.