Added yet this above all, that he shut up John in prison. And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, which was, Plain Sermons by Contributors to "Tracts for the Times,". Again this acknowledgment of the Father puts honor on the Divine Word, for, from the three leading divisions of it - the Law, the Prophets, and the Psalms - that acknowledgment is taken. Hence Christ is, as St. Paul calls Him, the Head of every man. (1) All must die. He administered, on their full confession equivalent to making a clean breast of it), the rite which served as a pledge that their conviction of sin was real and their service sincere - that, in fact, they wished to act in conformity with such a direction as that of the prophet, "Wash you, make you clean, put away the evil of your doings from before my eyes." By far yours has been the greatest aid for me in my ministry. Less Looks Like Series. Tax collecting is a lucrative racket for those with little or no conscience. Water, when applied to the person or used in the way of ablution, is employed as an element of cleansing. John Preached a Baptism of Repentance (Luke 3:1-6) 1. There need be, there can be, no change in God, or in the Son of God; it is we in whom a change is wanted. And not only is He the Son of man, He is also the Son of God. The Paperback Bible presents the Bible by the Book and is designed to be portable, readable, and truly personal with ample margins for notations. The Galilean valley and the Judaean desert were far separate. He was made in the likeness of sinful flesh - made sin for us, and so numbered with and treated as a transgressor. There is no exception. Verily, the genealogy of Jesus Christ is a book of startling providences. (Biblical things not generally known. Ah! And so in the beautiful words of the TeDeum -. Luke 3:4 It may be that many have never clearly understood what was meant by John being Christ's forerunner, why any forerunner was needed, and what truth is declared to us in this part of God's dispensations, which showed that he was needed. God makes manifest His great wisdom and power by the vastness of the results He works out through weak human instrumentalities. PRIESTHOOD OF CHRIST. Hence He could die for all. Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judaea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of Ituraea and of the region of Trachonitis, and Lysanias the tetrarch of Abilene. How illustrious His descent, as indicated in such names as Zerubbabel, Josiah, Hezekiah, Jehoshaphat, Solomon, David, Boaz, Jacob, Abraham, Noab, Enoch, Seth, Adam! A SUBSCRIBER SAYS: “I’ve been in the ministry 32 years now. Though closely allied by kinship, and more closely still by oneness of spirit, John and Jesus had grown up apart; their first actual contact was at the baptism of the latter. The style, and indeed the subject, of the Baptist underwent an entire change. III. We hear no more of viperous broods - vipers themselves and sprung from vipers; no more of fruitless trees, fit only for the fire; no more of stones taking the place of sons, that is, of abanim becoming banira; no more of the sifting and separating process by which the good groin would be garnered and the worthless residue gathered into heaps for burning. In that solemn inauguration of the Saviour, as he entered on his public ministry, a difficulty is encountered. But more than an outward sign was needed. I. And he said unto them, Do violence to no man, neither accuse. For, however weak and sinful we may be, we have not, as we sometimes fear, to persuade God to enter into a fatherly relation to us, and to begin to love us. THE HUMAN RACE IS VERY CLOSELY INTERRELATED. For it is conceivable that the Son of God might have descended into the world an unborn Gabriel, or a full-grown, unmothered Adam. Children’s Sermons And as the people were in expectation, and all men mused in their hearts of John, whether he were the Christ, or not; And many other things in his exhortation preached he unto the people. Some Comments For Those Who Attend Idolatrous Worship. CHANGE IN THE BAPTIST'S PREACHING. - J.J.G. God’s Timing Is Perfect (Luke 3:1-2a) St. Matthew's is a royal, St. Luke's a natural pedigree. So too is other people’s realization that Jesus remains active in the world, a realization that comes to them, that consoles and challenges them, because they see it in our lives. Dost thou, O friend, belong to the lineage of Jesus Christ? And that is exactly what happens. Used by permission. Professors Sue Bryan College Over School's Adherence to Biblical Creation... Heavenly Aid & Comfort: Ministry of the Holy Spirit - Part 4, Eusebius, EH.1.7: Harmonizing the Genealogies of Matthew and Luke, How to Develop a Well Trained Voice from John the Baptist, The Birth of Christ Seen Through His Enemies (2/3). John the Baptist appears as a commanding figure twice during every Advent season. Yet there may be great usefulness where there is no renown; our names will perish when we cease to live, yet within the limits of our day, how much good may we do! But these tax collectors have undergone a change. VII. GOD'S GRACE CAN FLOW THROUGH VERY CROOKED HUMAN CHANNELS. The crowds come out to be baptized, they are eager for a fresh start, and what does John call them? The legal has given place to the evangelical. III. THE BAPTIST'S FUNCTION THREEFOLD. Luke 3 - click for sermons listed below; Luke 3:4-6 Ministry of John the Baptist; Luke 3:10,11 Liberality to the Poor; Luke 3:10-14 Practical Duties Enforced; Luke 3:19, 20 The Imprisonment of John; Luke 3:21, 22 The Descent of the Spirit; CHUCK SMITH. “…and do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I say to you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones.” The Jews believed that the Israelites were the chosen people of God. He was still Bishop of North Carolina in those days, but was excited about this new project and its potential to help small churches that did not have or could not afford a regular preacher. DIFFICULTY. Recognize the places where it is broken. Verily, here is the Ancient of Days. Of this we have tolerably plain proof in the words of St. Paul (Acts 19:4), "Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, in Christ Jesus." John the Baptist appears as a commanding figure twice during every Advent season. Again, observe THE PEDIGREE ITSELF. 2. III. Double or divided nature of which every man is conscious. Among the ancestors of our Lord, there are found persons of various descriptions and characters. )Luke carefully guards against the notion of this being the real descent, by introducing the words "as was supposed"; it was the legal descent, Joseph being legally the Lord's father; and from Joseph as the supposed father, St. Luke carries up the pedigree to the commencement of all things, that is, the creation of the man.