Summary: The beginnings of Jesus' life according to Luke

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The Family Business

Today we talk about Fathers and Sons - Family

Family business - painting, machine shop, college (dad taught school before I did) My kids teach

Jesus - son of Joseph the Carpenter (only one occasion called a carpenter)

The bond between father and son

Rarely easy - often marred by crossed signals, high hopes and a sense of failure. Most men in prison have a horrible or nonexistent relationships. Even in the best of homes, with the best of intentions, the relationship can be rocky between father and son. Some of the most accomplished men have been driven by an inner urge to gain their father’s approval.

Name some Famous Fathers and Sons

Archie - Peyton and Eli Manning, Bobby and Barry Bonds, Dale Ernharts Jr & Sr. - Kirk & Michael Douglas, Carl & Rob Reiner, Henry & Peter Fonda, the George Bush’s, and Adams’ - Sanford and Son

God the Father - Jesus - or for this story - Joseph and Jesus.

Joseph’s Prayer by Max Lucado

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Some Background on Luke 2

New year celebration - Passover for ancient Jews

EX 12:1 The LORD said to Moses and Aaron in Egypt, 2 "This month is to be for you the first month, the first month of your year. 3 Tell the whole community of Israel that on the tenth day of this month each man is to take a lamb for his family, one for each household. 4 If any household is too small for a whole lamb, they must share one with their nearest neighbor, having taken into account the number of people there are. You are to determine the amount of lamb needed in accordance with what each person will eat. 5 The animals you choose must be year-old males without defect, and you may take them from the sheep or the goats. 6 Take care of them until the fourteenth day of the month, when all the people of the community of Israel must slaughter them at twilight. 7 Then they are to take some of the blood and put it on the sides and tops of the doorframes of the houses where they eat the lambs. 8 That same night they are to eat the meat roasted over the fire, along with bitter herbs, and bread made without yeast. 9 Do not eat the meat raw or cooked in water, but roast it over the fire--head, legs and inner parts. 10 Do not leave any of it till morning; if some is left till morning, you must burn it. 11 This is how you are to eat it: with your cloak tucked into your belt, your sandals on your feet and your staff in your hand. Eat it in haste; it is the LORD's Passover.

So Passover was a New Year’s celebration for Israel

Start over - begin again, remember your roots

Father role in the Passover meal

EX 12:24 "Obey these instructions as a lasting ordinance for you and your descendants. 25 When you enter the land that the LORD will give you as he promised, observe this ceremony. 26 And when your children ask you, `What does this ceremony mean to you?' 27 then tell them, `It is the Passover sacrifice to the LORD, who passed over the houses of the Israelites in Egypt and spared our homes when he struck down the Egyptians.'

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