After John’s disciples left, Jesus began talking about him to the crowds. “What kind of man did you go into the wilderness to see? Was he a weak reed, swayed by every breath of wind? Or were you expecting to see a man dressed in expensive clothes? No, people who wear beautiful clothes and live … Continue reading Recognition and grace
John’s two disciples found Jesus and said to him, “John the Baptist sent us to ask, ‘Are you the Messiah we’ve been expecting, or should we keep looking for someone else? At that very time, Jesus cured many people of their diseases, illnesses, and evil spirits, and he restored sight to many who were blind. … Continue reading Is Jesus the One?
But when John rebuked Herod the tetrarch because of his marriage to Herodias, his brother’s wife, and all the other evil things he had done, Herod added this to them all: he locked John up in prison. (Luke 3:19-20 NIV) There are two issues here: is speaking out against evil right and appropriate? and who … Continue reading Denouncing evil
The people were waiting expectantly and were all wondering in their hearts if John might possibly be the Messiah. John answered them all, “I baptize you with water. But one who is more powerful than I will come, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the … Continue reading Baptism
We live in an age that is characterised by two obsessions - sex and money. Many years ago Richard Foster wrote a book called Money, Sex and Power, which focussed on the three things that he saw as the preoccupations of our day. Reading Luke’s account of John the Baptist’s preaching ministry, all three of … Continue reading Preparing for Jesus
Perhaps the most uncomfortable, unpopular idea of Christianity to the modern mind is the concept that people are bad. We do not like this proposition. Especially when it is applied to ourselves. We generally do not see ourselves as bad. Rather, we like the idea that the nature of humanity is basically good. That’s why … Continue reading John’s message – unpopular but true?
He went into all the country around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. As it is written in the words of Isaiah the prophet: "A voice of one calling in the wilderness, 'Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.'" (Luke 3:3-4 NIV) One of the … Continue reading Understanding who we are through God’s words
the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness. He went into all the country around the Jordan, preaching… (Luke 3:2-3) Just a few words here at the beginning of Luke’s gospel describe the essence of the Christian life and are worth reflecting on. John the Baptist is described in the … Continue reading Shaped by the word of God
In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar—when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, Herod tetrarch of Galilee, his brother Philip tetrarch of Iturea and Traconitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene— during the high- priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness. (Luke … Continue reading History and the supernatural
Luke 1:41 NIV When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. This is an extraordinary meeting. Menopausal Elizabeth and virginal Mary. Two pregnant women, one old and one young, but both pregnant for the first time under unlikely circumstances, both pregnant with babies that … Continue reading Life with God