From Pastor Perry

04/30/2013 Luke 3:1-6

Luke 3:1–6 (ESV)
John the Baptist Prepares the Way
3 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, 2 during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John the son of Zechariah in the wilderness. 3 And he went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 4 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.
    5     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,
    6     and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.’ ”

We had a history marker at the beginning of Luke 2 and now we have a history marker at the beginning of Luke 3: “In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being govenor of Judea and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee,...”  These history markers indicate that John’s ministry began around 24-29 AD.  Luke was well educated and a physician by trade, so he captures details that have proven useful.  The fact that he uses these markers gives credibility in that he is naming events that really happened.  He also mentions Pontius Pilate which is a name that has not shown up in a lot of historical documents, but is mentioned in other literature such as Philo and Josephus.   In 1961, someone found a inscribed stone on a step with Pilate on it.  It is now known as the Pilate Stone.
The important purpose of John is to announce and prepare the way for Jesus.  He is to proclaim a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.  Repentance is being sorry for your sins and the desire to do better (to turn away from sin).  John’s baptism also brings the forgiveness of sins.  John is the fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy:

        “The voice of one crying in the wilderness:
        ‘Prepare the way of the Lord,
make his paths straight.
    5     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,
    6     and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.’ ”

John lived in the wilderness and his message was to “prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.”  I have always loved circuses and had a friend that owned a circus.  There was always a man who traveled in front of the circus about 2 weeks before the circus arrived in the city.  He found a location, distributed signs and coupons, and he marked the way to the site with arrows stapled to telephone poles.  This man was always announcing that the circus is coming and he prepared the way for the circus.  He was always at least 2 weeks ahead of the circus.  When the circus came to town, he was busy elsewhere announcing and planning for the circus to come through in some other city.  This is what John the Baptist is doing, except it was not a circus, it was something much bigger... the Messiah!  I pray: O Lord, use me as a proclaimer for the Gospel, to spread the Good News of the Messiah.  To teach repentance and forgiveness.  Help me to point the lost people to Jesus Christ.  Forgive me for being silent and not taking advantage of every situation that presents itself for proclaiming Christ.  Help me to be Bold! Amen.

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