A Letter from Luke (Part 3)

And so we continue through chapter 3:

Once the Word of God came to John the son of Zacharias, which was during the reign Tiberius Caesar, John would journey to the Jordan where we he would begin preaching about a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. Quoting from the prophet Isaiah, “Make ready the way of the Lord.” And as John began to baptize the many who came he was saying to the crowds, “Wicked sinners! Why are you coming? Is it because you see the wrath to come? This is not merely a decision to go to heaven, but a lifestyle change to repent. Do not use anything to justify yourself because all will taste the wrath unless they repent of their sins.”And the crowd responded, “What shall we do then?” John said to them, “If you have two jackets give one of them to someone who has none, likewise with food.”  Then tax collectors began to ask the very same question of “What shall we do?” John responded, “Do not collect more money than what you have been assigned to collect.” Soldiers, likewise, would ask the very same question and John responded to them by saying, “Do not take money from anyone by force, or accuse anyone falsely, and be content with what you make.”Many would begin to think that John was the Christ. But John would clear that up by saying, “I came only to baptize with water, but there is One who is coming. One who is more worthy than we can fathom, for I am unfit to untie his sandals. This One will come and baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” John continued to preach the gospel until Herod locked John up in prison.

While the crowds were being baptized, Jesus was also baptized, except when He was baptized the heavens opened up and the Holy Spirit descended upon Him in bodily form and then a voice came out and said, “You are My beloved Son in You I am well pleased.” Jesus would begin his ministry when he was about thirty years old. And this is not the ministry of an ordinary son of David. This would be the ministry of the son of God, the One who is before Adam.

To be continued…
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