Text: Luke 3: 1-38.
In this passage, we see how the ministry of John the Baptist pointed the way to Jesus (vv. 1-20), Jesus’ baptism as an endorsement to His Sonship and John’s ministry (v. 21-22) and how Jesus’ roots stretch back to Adam, a figure through whom all humanity is connected (vv. 23-38). Both the message and actions of John the Baptist are designed to get people ready for the arrival of God’s salvation by having hearts open to respond to the coming Messiah, Jesus Christ, the One greater than John who would baptise with water and fire (vv.15-17). The emphasis here is that to be prepared for God’s salvation, one’s heart must be opened to his message of “repentance for the forgiveness
of sins.” It is also important to note that Jesus is not only the long-awaited Messiah who will save God’s people, but He is also the one through whom God will judge the world and destroy His enemies (vv.16-17). Verse 7-9 stresses that judgement is near, while verses 3-10 explains how one should respond.
For those who believe and receive Jesus their sins are washed away, the Holy Spirit burns away the dross in their lives and makes them more and more like Jesus. However, for those who reject the Saviour, the Spirit comes like the burning fire to consume.
Meditate on verses 7-18. What is the main emphasis of v. 8? List 3 specific examples of fruits of repentance (3:10-14). How does the reading of these verses impact your relationship with God, family members, workmates and neighbours?
Merciful Father, I pray that You cast Your light upon my heart so that I may walk in the light of Your Truth. I pray through Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen.