March 8/Luke 3

Verses 1-2 > the year was about A.D. 28 or 29. It had been about 400 years since God had sent a prophet to Israel. Luke names 7 men in these two verses; an emperor, a governor, 3 rulers, and two high priests but God didn’t use any of these ‘bigwigs’ to bring his message to Israel. He used a rough looking humble guy who was living in the wilderness. That should encourage all of us that we don’t have to be ‘somebody’ in the eyes of those around us to be used by God to speak for him. A willingness to be used is all God is looking for.

1 Corinthians 1:26–29 (NLT) — 26 Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world’s eyes or powerful or wealthy when God called you. 27 Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful. 28 God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important. 29 As a result, no one can ever boast in the presence of God.

Verse 3 > If people accused you of being a Christ follower what would their accusations be?

Verses 4-6 > Isaiah is saying that we should take out all the obstacles in our lives that keep people from seeing Jesus. The nation of Israel had wandered away from God in fact so far away that nobody could find God through their lives or testimony.  So I have to ask my self and you can ask yourself to; What in my life keeps people from seeing Jesus? Is it my pride, my stubbornness, my lack of patience, my unwillingness to forgive, greed, my materialism, my selfishness, busyness, a poor work ethic, my complaining and grumbling, my discontentment with life,  lack of joy or love?

Verses 7-9 > Nobody gets to heaven because of the faith of their parents or because they attend church regularly. It is only through faith in Jesus Christ. That is the root of the issue. People without Jesus are like chaff, there is no substance or weight to their lives. They get led around by anything that sounds convincing and appeals to their senses.

Romans 3:25 (NLT) — 25 For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood.

Verses 10-14 > John gives the people some practical ways to show their Christianity. John told the people not to be selfish but to share their blessings with others and not to use their position in life to take advantage of people. Wouldn’t it be nice if our politicians would heed the last part of that sentence. And wouldn’t it be nice if we all heeded the first part of that sentence! John said to be content. I believe contentment in life is a great way to show that I am a Christ follower. What do you think? Ask the Holy Spirit to help you be content who knows someone might notice and ask you about it!

Verse 16 > Jesus baptized with the Holy Spirit and fire. He baptized with the Holy Spirit so we would have the power to be witnesses for him.

Acts 1:4 (NLT) — 4 Once when he was eating with them, he commanded them, “Do not leave Jerusalem until the Father sends you the gift he promised, as I told you before.

Acts 1:8 (NLT) — 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

The fire is for purity. Many people want the power but not the purity. But they go hand in hand. John’s message you notice was all about purity and then Jesus came along and added the power! It is that lack of purity in our live that turns people away from Jesus.

Verse 19 > No matter how high up you are in society you will not get away with sin or leading a sinful lifestyle. If you don’t get caught in this life you will in the next.

Numbers 32:23 (NLT) — 23 …you may be sure that your sin will find you out.

Verses 21-22 > Pray each day to be filled with the Holy Spirit and purpose in your heart to bring great Joy to your heavenly Father.

Be Inspired Hilltop!

 

Comments

  1. Mark Gundersen says:

    The plan of God is looking for a spokesman that will proclaim the truth and not sugar coat it. It was not found in the leaders but in John out in the wilderness. He, like Jesus, was not attractive in human terms but spoke with authority. The end of the chapter has the genealogy of Joseph to show his relationship to king David as Adam. Unlike Mary’s genealogy in Matthew, it only follows the paternal lineage.

  2. Nancy Symens says:

    3:3 “John’s message was revolutionary, for the religion of the day taught that forgiveness could only be found temporarily by offering sacrifices in the temple. John, an Essene, told the people that forgiveness of sin was a heart issue, not gained by an animal sacrifice offered in the corrupt religious system of the day. Repentance, breaking open the heart, is more important than gaining forgiveness by religious acts.” (Commentary from Passion translation)
    I thought this was well said….