Archive for July 3rd, 2017

Luke 3

Luke 3 tells the story of John the Baptist through the handoff of the spiritual leadership torch to Jesus.  John was born to get the world ready for the Savior.  Scripture tells us “the word of God came to John the son of Zechariah in the wilderness”.  John was not a conventional religious leader.  Other places in scripture tell us he lived alone and very differently than most.  But God gave Him a very important task to do, the instructions to which were written many years earlier by the prophet Isaiah.

Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.  Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be made low, and the crooked shall become straight, and the rough places shall become level ways, and all flesh shall see the salvation of God”.  John was born to get the world ready for the appearance of Jesus as Savior and Lord.  He didn’t do it quietly or slowly.  His approach was “You brood of vipers! Bear fruits in keeping with repentance”.  John preached that everyone had a sin problem and needed to get right with God.  He was about the forgiveness of sin.

He makes it clear that failing to deal with it had severe consequences.  “Even now the axe is laid to the root of the trees.  Every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire”.  It was either ‘get right with God or face the consequences.  People responded: “the crowds asked….Tax collectors also came….Soldiers also asked”.  John reached them all with God’s truth.  We face the same exact problem today, but have a Savior whom God sent to provide grace to deal with our sin problem.  John was messenger of that coming.  He announced the arrival of Jesus Christ.

He was clear that what he did was not the final answer.  “I baptize you with water, but he who is mightier than I is coming, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.” Jesus not only provides the grace to cover our sin if we receive that gift given freely to us, but He also will separate those who do clear their sin through His shed blood, from those who do not.  What we do with Jesus is the key to our eternity.  John preached it two thousand years ago but it is still true today.  What have you done with Jesus?

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