22Luke 3:1-38
John’s message came from ‘God’(2). He did not begin with love. He preached about sin and divine judgment, warning his hearers to ‘flee from the wrath to come’(7). He called for ‘repentance’(3,8). This was not what people wanted to hear. Before we can rejoice in the Good News concerning salvation, we must recognize our sin and our need of salvation. John prepared the way for Jesus. ‘All have sinned’, ‘The wages of sin is death’- This is the ‘bad news; which prepares us to receive, with joyful thanksgiving, ‘the Good News’: ‘the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord’(Romans 3:23; 6:23). Like John, we are to point to Jesus, God’s ‘beloved Son’: Before ‘Adam’ was, He is. Pray that the ‘Holy Spirit’will bring people to Christ (22,38; 8:58).

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