Twenty days! Half-way through. Gotta keep going.
Jesus was thirty by the time He began His public ministry. He continued for about 3 years. Within those years He projected a different paradigm. An alternate view that would drastically change the world.
The history-altering ministry of Jesus is revealed in this truth—a passage that Jesus himself was asked to read during a visit to the local synagogue:
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for He has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free, and that the time of the Lord’s favor has come.”
What a passage for Jesus to read!
Bear fruits in keeping with repentance (Luke 3.8)
If I am truly repentant, it has to show. That’s what JTB is saying here. I can’t say sorry and keep doing the very thing that causes offence. My actions need to follow my repentance.
Oops, I did it again will not cut it.
And the crowds asked him, “What then shall we do?” (Luke 3.10)
In a world of know-it-alls who offer masterclasses, YouTube how-tos, and Googled smartness it’s quite easy to believe that, with a few clicks, we can do it all.
It takes a jolt to realise that I need to ask Someone Who Knows Good: what then shall I do?
When the devil had finished tempting Jesus, he left him until the next opportunity came. (Luke 4.13)
We think (because of what has been included in the Gospels) that this was the only time Jesus was tempted. This verse suggests otherwise. It seems Jesus would have been tempted in other times outside of this account. He would have been tempted in the next opportunity.
Just like us!
Go away! Why are you interfering with us, Jesus of Nazareth? (Luke 4.34)
How many of us would admit to saying this to Jesus? Maybe not in these exact words. Surely there have been times when Jesus and His message was an inconvenience to the way we would like to live our lives. So we say: Not now Jesus. Don't mess with my plans.
Next time you have these thoughts, say to them: Be quiet.