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December 23, 2018

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Reading along with us in Luke for five days? Here’s today’s reading:

Luke 3 (ESV)

In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene,during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John the son of Zechariah in the wilderness. And he went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet,

“The voice of one crying in the wilderness:
‘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.’”...Continue Reading

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  1. John the Baptist is one of the most compelling characters in the Bible to me. Jesus at one point says that He is the greatest born among women, a very lofty designation. He is the forerunner of the Messiah, preparing the way. He is certainly dedicated to God’s plan and mission, yet is legalistic in his teaching. But in the same way Paul tells us that the law is a tool in God’s hands teaching us about our need for grace, so John’s message is convicting people of their need for the One who will come after him, the One who John recognizes must increase even as he decreases.

    And the genealogy given here is thought by some to be Mary’s or that the differences that exist between the one here and the one in Matthew can be explained by the tendency that certain individuals in the genealogies could have been known by different names. It is significant that this one goes back to Adam instead of Abraham, making this one more universal in nature and Matthew’s more Jewish in nature.

  2. the word of God came to John the son of Zechariah in the wilderness. 3And he went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.

  3. 21Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heavens were opened, 22and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form, like a dove; and a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”❤️

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