March 5, 2018

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Reading along with us in Luke? 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. 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.”

  2. h, 16John answered them all, saying, “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 fire.

  3. John the Baptist preparing the way. Calling people to repentance which is a change of mind that leads to a change in action. But it also calls the people and us to consider God’s will and not our own. Because John ministers before the cross and Pentecost (the indwelling Spirit) his message is still an “Old” Testament one or at least transitional leading people to Jesus. But his reference point is still the words of the prophets calling people to obedience so their hearts can be prepared for the faith and grace that Jesus will bring, as well as Jesus calling people to follow Him and submit to His teaching. But in spite of the attention and recognition that comes from people, John knows his place. He is a servant with a role to fulfill and he is content to remain in that. That is one of the truest expressions of humility. An example that all of us need desperately.

    And to be a fly on the wall, or maybe a better reference would be a locust that was in the dessert (one not eaten by John), in other words to be able to be there and observe Jesus’ baptism. It’s not often that God speaks from heaven, but he does it here, affirming His Son and sending Him off on His ministry. A ministry and life that God and Jesus planned before time began………interesting.

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