Chapter # 3 Paragraph # 6 Study # 1
June 4, 2006
Lincolnton, N.C.

<254> Thesis: Jesus is the Man of God Who came to be the High Priest of the Heavenly Tabernacle so that He could "save to the uttermost" those who come to God by Him (Hebrews 7:26 and &:1-2). Introduction: Last week we saw that God Himself validated the identity of Jesus as the "Spirit possessing, beloved Son of the God of the Third Heaven." Unless Luke was flat-out lying to us, Jesus was absolutely established at His baptism as the only Person Who deserves our unreserved loyalty. As strange as it might sound, even the Father does not seek our loyalty to Himself as much as He seeks our loyalty to Jesus. If Jesus really is the Beloved Son of the Father, nothing gives the Father greater satisfaction than for us to be "fixated" on Jesus as the Center of the Universe. And, for this cause, there is no greater focus of conflict in our lives than the battle for our final loyalty. Satan leaves no stone unturned in his search for an "issue" in our lives which he can use to separate us from loyalty to Jesus. God the Father also gradually presses us by his sovereign oversight to come to an unqualified loyalty to Jesus. So, Luke, in his record for the sake of Theophilus, being fully aware of the truth of 2 Timothy 1:15 (note 4:11), strove to present every detail of his Picture of Jesus so that there might be at least one or two who would not be misled by the adversary, nor would be dissuaded by the pressure of the Father from owning Jesus Christ as our Beloved. One of those details is before us this morning in the form of Jesus' age as a man. So, as is our custom, we are going to look into the record to find one more detail for the Spirit of Jesus to use to wean our hearts and our minds from the trash of this world.