Wednesday 10 February, 2016

Luke 3:1-6

3 Tiberius Caesar had been ruling for 15 years. Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea. Herod was the ruler of Galilee. His brother Philip was the ruler of Iturea and Traconitis. Lysanias was ruler of Abilene. 2 Annas and Caiaphas were high priests. At that time God’s word came to John, son of Zechariah, in the desert. 3 He went into all the countryside around the Jordan River. There he preached that people should be baptized and turn away from their sins. Then God would forgive them. 4 Here is what is written in the book of Isaiah the prophet. It says, “A messenger is calling out in the desert, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord. Make straight paths for him. 5 Every valley will be filled in. Every mountain and hill will be made level. The crooked roads will become straight. The rough ways will become smooth. 6 And all people will see God’s salvation.’ ”

The first part of this passage is an historical introduction of the rulers of the time, both political and religious. Tiberius was cruel and severe, Pontius Pilate was renown for brutal massacre of Jewish people, and even the high priests Annas and Caiaphas were reported as corrupt, and in their roles more for political than religious purpose. This information paints a picture of the danger of any uprising, and how it could be dealt with.

And so the passage moves to John. The word of God came to him in the desert, where he resided and “became strong in the spirit” (Luke 1:80). I am intrigued as to how God spoke to him, and gave instruction as to his purpose to fulfil the prophecy as recorded in Isaiah. John’s response was obedient and immediate, and keep in mind the potential resistance that could come from the rulers, but this did not stop him.

What a brave man. What an obedient man. He cared not for his own well being, safety or comfort, but knew his purpose for God, despite the risk. This is a true man’s man!

Father, I am inspired by the faithfulness of John. Help me to have eyes and ears open to You that I may always know your call, whether it be for a moment’s purpose, or for a lifetime’s journey. Amen

Written by Steve Fell

4 replies
  1. Kim says:

    What courage and strength John must`ve hac, he truly believed in Jesus and wasn`t afraid but brave. I need to ask God for more of his courage and bravery in proclaiming about my Jesus.

  2. Andrew Mellor says:

    What a boss John is. He stepped into the role God had for him and left the risks in God’s hands. A great example

  3. Justin Ware says:

    Luke is such a historian – Here I can see that he is going into details to make sure that the time and place of these events is clear so that future generations can benefit from the context of what he is recording and also in order that we can verify details of what happened.

    This makes me wonder about my own approach to life – in this culture we live in, so much is about the now. How much am I doing to help future generations? Am I hoping my legacy will be strong because I am being the best person I can be? Without planning and strategy, I wonder if I will leave much of a legacy at all.

    Lord, help me to be aware of the future and how I can better provision for it – not just for myself, but for the generations ahead.

  4. Glenn Davis says:

    Yes indeed, Luke was a great Historian, and cared so much for detail.There is no doubt that some of the information he accrued over the first two chapters of his Gospel came from Mary, the Mother of Jesus…Biblical history is so fascinating and so many geological findings have proved just how accurate Scripture is!

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