From Pastor Perry

05/01/2013 Luke 3:7-14

Luke 3:7–14 (ESV)
John the Baptist Pre.pares the Way
7 He said therefore to the crowds that came out to be baptized by him, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 8 Bear fruits in keeping with repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children for Abraham. 9 Even now the axe is laid to the root of the trees. Every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.”
10 And the crowds asked him, “What then shall we do?” 11 And he answered them, “Whoever has two tunics is to share with him who has none, and whoever has food is to do likewise.” 12 Tax collectors also came to be baptized and said to him, “Teacher, what shall we do?” 13 And he said to them, “Collect no more than you are authorized to do.” 14 Soldiers also asked him, “And we, what shall we do?” And he said to them, “Do not extort money from anyone by threats or by false accusation, and be content with your wages.”

Luke has established the time and the fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy in yesterday’s reading.  Today, John in on a friend making mission.  He begins by calling the crowds coming out to see him “You brood of vipers!”  This is not the way my mama taught me to make friends.  Well, John did not come to make friends, but to prepare the way for the Christ.  What John is doing is calling them out and exposing them.  Sometimes the truth hurts.  The law should always reduce us to recognizing ourselves as sinners.  Let’s listen to all of John’s message.  “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 8 Bear fruits in keeping with repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children for Abraham. 9 Even now the axe is laid to the root of the trees. Every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.”
John has come to baptize people, people who repent and want to be saved.  The people didn’t know how to respond and asked “What then shall we do?”  This reminds me of the Bible story where the rich young man ask’s Jesus, “What must I do to be saved?”  The people realize they have fallen short and are in need of help, but they don’t know where to turn.  John says, “Whoever has two tunics is to share with him who has none, and whoever has food is to do likewise.” 12 Tax collectors also came to be baptized and said to him, “Teacher, what shall we do?” 13 And he said to them, “Collect no more than you are authorized to do.” 14 Soldiers also asked him, “And we, what shall we do?” And he said to them, “Do not extort money from anyone by threats or by false accusation, and be content with your wages.”  This sounds like we are saved by works, but this is not the case.  John tells them to do what is right.  Faith without works is dead.  Our works expose true faith.  One of the hardest things to understand in the Christian faith is that our faith is not self created.  It comes from God.  We all want to say we made the choice, but we find out through the Bible that it is God who chose us.  He knew us before the creation of the world.  How then can we take credit for our faith.  Romans 10:17 says “17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.”  The people came and heard and believed.  John is saying to actively believe, put action to words.  Faith is always a gift and it always comes first.  Where are they hearing the word?  From John!  I pray: O Lord, help me to proclaim God’s word, help me to live my faith, and help other’s to see Christ in me.  I know I am saved by faith, teach me and mold me to put my faith into action.  Amen.

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