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jesus to the world
Bible Passage Luke 3: 15-38
This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2022 & books Genesis, John, Luke, Matthew.

Jesus Christ to the World

  • Rev. Bright Mawuena Nfodzo
Date preached March 1, 2022

SCRIPTURE 📖
15 Now the people were filled with expectation, and all of them were wondering if John was perhaps the Messiah.

16 John replied to all of them, “I’m baptizing you with water, but one is coming who is more powerful than I, and I’m not worthy to untie his sandal straps. It is he who will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.

17 His winnowing fork is in his hand to clean up his threshing floor. He’ll gather the grain into his barn, but he’ll burn the chaff with inextinguishable fire.”

18 With many other exhortations John continued to proclaim the good news to the people.

19 Now Herod the tetrarch had been rebuked by John because he had married his brother’s wife Herodias and because of all of the other evil things, Herod had done.

20 Added to all this, Herod locked John up in prison.

21 When all the people had been baptized, Jesus, too, was baptized. While he was praying, heaven opened,

22 and the Holy Spirit descended on him, appearing in the form of a dove. Then a voice came from heaven, saying, “You are my Son, whom I love. I am pleased with you!”

23 Jesus himself was about 30 years old when he began his ministry. He was (as legally calculated) the son of Joseph, the son of Heli,

24 the son of Matthat, the son of Levi, the son of Melchi, the son of Jannai, the son of Joseph,

25 the son of Mattathias, the son of Amos, the son of Nahum, the son of Esli, the son of Naggai,

26 the son of Maath, the son of Mattathias, the son of Semein, the son of Josech, the son of Joda,

27 the son of Joanan, the son of Rhesa, the son of Zerubbabel, the son of Shealtiel, the son of Neri,

28 the son of Melchi, the son of Addi, the son of Cosam, the son of Elmadam, the son of Er,

29 the son of Joshua, the son of Eliezer, the son of Jorim, the son of Matthat, the son of Levi,

30 the son of Simeon, the son of Judah, the son of Joseph, the son of Jonam, the son of Eliakim,

31 the son of Melea, the son of Menna, the son of Mattatha, the son of Nathan, the son of David,

32 the son of Jesse, the son of Obed, the son of Boaz, the son of Salmon, the son of Nahshon,

33 the son of Amminadab, the son of Admin, the son of Arni, the son of Hezron, the son of Perez, the son of Judah,

34 the son of Jacob, the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham, the son of Terah, the son of Nahor,

35 the son of Serug, the son of Reu, the son of Peleg, the son of Eber, the son of Shelah,

36 the son of Cainan, the son of Arphaxad, the son of Shem, the son of Noah, the son of Lamech,

37 the son of Methuselah, the son of Enoch, the son of Jared, the son of Mahalaleel, the son of Cainan,

38 the son of Enos, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God.

BACKGROUND ✝
John the Baptist was the forerunner of Jesus Christ. His preaching soon attracted opposition from the Jewish religious leaders. They sent representatives to question him and then report back on what he taught and who he claimed to be. John denied that he was promoting himself as some new leader in Israel. He did not consider himself to be either the prophet of Deuteronomy 18:15,18 or the ‘Elijah’ promised in Malachi 4:5. He was only a voice calling people to turn from their sin and be baptized, and so prepare themselves to receive the Messiah.

He was like a messenger sent ahead of the king to tell people to clear the way for the royal arrival (Matt 3:1-6; Luke 3:1-6; John 1:19-23).

John worked diligently that they hailed him for his good words. But John was very frank to point the people to Jesus. He didn’t want any uncalled fame for himself. He told them the Messiah was on His way.

The Messiah is expected to separate the good from the bad and punish the bad.

What would you do when you live among people more powerful than you are, who are involved in bad behavior? Would you mention it to them or you would watch them do what they wish?

When you speak truth to power, they will hate and persecute you. But should that deter us from speaking the truth? Should that be a problem for us?

The genealogies recorded in the gospels ( by Matthew and Luke) show how the birth of Jesus fulfilled the promises made to Abraham (Gen 12:2-3; 22:18 ). Matthew, writing for the Jews, begins his genealogy with Abraham, father of the Jewish race (Matt 1:1-2a). Luke, writing for non-Jews, traces Jesus’ genealogy back past Abraham to Adam, to emphasize Jesus’ union with the whole human race (Luke 3:34b-38).

LESSONS✍🏽
🔷 Those who fear suffering for God and do not speak against evil are as guilty as those involved in the evil

🔷 There is no need to become famous through foul means. Help people to know Jesus, and never your own goodness.

🔷 Those who suffer for the sake of the gospel are sowing seeds that will bear fruits for many people to enjoy. They God’s blessed.

🔷 Christ came from the world to the world. He came to save all people created.

PRAYER POINTS🙏🏽
💥 Pray that you will have a heart that turns toward Christ
💥 Pray for confidence to speak the truth no matter who is involved
💥 Pray for God’s hand to bring protection and peace to Ukraine

CONCLUSION📙
God’s grace and love and power must guide all that we do, knowing that He sent His only son to the world to save the world and you. There’s no shame in speaking to the world about Christ.
AMEN

In series Bright Morning Reflections