ADVENT: From Glory to Bethlehem.12/3/2017

ADVENT: From Glory to Bethlehem.12/3/2017

Four Portraits of Jesus

Matthew: the King, lionlike. Written to the Hebrews. Genealogy.

Mark: the Servant, oxlike. Written to the Romans.

Luke: the Perfect Man, manlike. Written to the Greeks. Genealogy.

John: the Mighty God, eaglelike. Written to all the world.


Two Introductions for Jesus

  1. Luke’s preface

Luke 1:1-4 Many people have set out to write accounts about the events that have been fulfilled among us. They used the eyewitness reports circulating among us from the early disciples. Having carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I also have decided to write an accurate account for you, most honorable Theophilus, so you can be certain of the truth of everything you were taught.


  1. John’s preface

John 1:1-5 In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He existed in the beginning with God. God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him. The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone.  The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.

Jesus Christ was with the Father in eternity past.

Proverbs 8:22-31; John 17:5, 24


Jesus Christ was the Creator of all things.

Colossians 1:16, 17; Ephesians 3:9; Hebrews 1:2


Jesus Christ is both the light and the life of men.

1 John 5:11; John 5:26; 8:12; 9:5; 12:35, 46


Jesus Christ shone in the darkness of this world and the darkness could not extinguish him.


Two Genealogies of Jesus

  1. Matthew’s genealogy

Matthew 1:1-17 This is a record of the ancestors of Jesus the Messiah, a descendant of David and of Abraham… 17All those listed above include fourteen generations from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the Babylonian exile, and fourteen from the Babylonian exile to the Messiah.

¨ His account has forty-one names in it.

¨ He traces the line forward in time from Abraham, the father of the Hebrew race, to Joseph.

¨ He traces the line from David through his son Solomon.

¨ He gives the line of Joseph.


  1. Luke’s genealogy

Luke 3:23-38 Jesus was about thirty years old when he began his public ministry. Jesus was known as the son of Joseph. Joseph was the son of Heli… 38 Kenan was the son of Enosh. Enosh was the son of Seth. Seth was the son of Adam. Adam was the son of God.


¨ His account has seventy-four names in it.

¨ He traces the line backward in time from Joseph to Adam, the Father of the human race.

¨ He traces the line from David through another son named Nathan.

¨ He gives the line of Mary.


Advent: HOPE

Isaiah 9:6 For a child is born to us, a son is given to us.

The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called:

Wonderful Counselor, 

Mighty God,

Everlasting Father,

Prince of Peace.






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