Luke 3:1-22 John prepares people for Jesus.

GIVE GOD TIME 

The hymn is under praise and worship at the end now

A WORD IN YOUR EAR 

This especially easy English version of Luke was translated directly using a Greek “interlinear” Bible, (with acknowledgments for a proofreading text to the King James Bible.) However, if you should find an error, do email me. 

Luke’s Gospel in intermediate English with highlights.

Blue = Words from heaven

Purple underlined = Jesus’ words

Purple = human interaction

Green = Saints speaking by the Holy Spirit

Orange / Brown = devils

Black = narrative.

Luke 3:1-22 John prepares people for Jesus.

When Tiberius Caesar had been on the throne for fifteen years, Pontius Pilate was Governor of Judea, and Herod was a subordinate ruler over a fourth part of the province, (the area of Galilee), while his brother, Philip, was a ruler of a fourth part of the province, (in Iturea and Trachonitis), and Lysanias was a ruler over a fourth part of the province, (in Abilene), 2 at the time when Annas and Caiaphas were the high priests. 

It was then that the Word of God came to John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness. 3At this, John went into all the country around Jordon, preaching immersion for those repenting in order to be forgiven of their sins. 4As Isaiah the prophet said, 

 “The voice of one crying out in the wilderness, ‘Prepare for the Lord’s coming, by getting your lives straight. 5The holes in your life must be filled, and the things sticking out in your life that shouldn’t be there, must be brought down, and the rough parts of your life must be smoothed out, 6so that all people can see that the salvation of God is coming”.

7But to the crowds that he saw coming for complete immersion, he said

 “Wait a minute, you people who are pretending that you have repented and turned your lives around, what are you doing here? Are you really here to repent by turning your lives around? No! 8If you were, you would first put into practice what is right, to prove that you have really turned your lives around, not just in words, but deeds, and do not think that it is enough to use words like ‘our father is Abraham’, as if that were enough. Because if God wanted to, He is able to make sons from these stones! 9Now, whatever does not produce good fruit will get the axe, and be put onto the fire.”

10So they asked him, 

“Tell us what we can do then?”

11So he answered them,

“Everyone who has two coats should give one of them away to someone who doesn’t have any at all. The same thing applies to whoever has more than they need to feed themselves”.

12Even tax collectors came to be immersed, saying, 

“Sir, what should we do?”

13So, he told them, 

“Don’t take more money than you are supposed to”.

14Then the soldiers came wanting to know what they should do. So, he told them

“Don’t be violent, don’t say that innocent people are guilty, and be content with your wages.”

15Now, because the people were waiting for their Messiah, they asked John if he was the one they were waiting for. 16John answered, 

“I did immerse you with water, but there’s another one coming that I am not qualified even to be the most humble servant of, and undo His shoes, and He will immerse you with the Holy Spirit and fire. 17He will separate the useful from the rubbish. Those who were fruitful He will keep but the useless He will burn in a fire that never goes out.”

18There were many other good things he also taught the people. 19However, Herod, one of four co-rulers of the province, was criticised by John for taking Herodius to be his own wife, because she was the wife of his brother, Philip. He also criticised him for lots of other evil things which he had done too.20So, he put John in prison.

21After everyone had been immersed, Jesus was immersed, and while praying heaven opened up, 22and the Holy Spirit could be seen coming on Him as a dove, and a voice was heard, saying,

 “You are my beloved Son and I am so pleased with you.”

—Summary

 “Wait a minute, you people who are pretending that you have repented and turned your lives around, what are you doing here? Are you really here to repent by turning your lives around? No! 8If you were, you would first put into practice what is right, to prove that you have really turned your lives around, not just in words, but deeds, and do not think that it is enough to use words like ‘our father is Abraham’, as if that were enough. Because if God wanted to, He is able to make sons from these stones! 9Now, whatever does not produce good fruit will get the axe, and be put onto the fire.”

  • Today’s Verse…

“I did immerse you with water, but there’s another one coming that I am not qualified even to be the most humble servant of, and undo His shoes, and He will immerse you with the Holy Spirit and fire. 17He will separate the useful from the rubbish. Those who were fruitful He will keep but the useless He will burn in a fire that never goes out.”

  • Today’s Challenge
  • John the Baptist said; “…Those who were fruitful He will keep but the useless He will burn in a fire that never goes out.”

Prayer suggestions;-

  1. The world. (ie ‘For those in authority.’)
  2. The ‘suffering church.’ https://barnabasfund.org/nz/pray/daily-prayer/#previous-dates
  3. Your own situation. (Suggest ‘needs’ rather than ‘wants’.)

Prayer, Praise and Worship

“… He went up on a mountainside by himself to pray.” Matthew 14:23. 

Jesus taught His disciples what we call ‘The Lord’s Prayer’; (Luke 11).

Listen here to Albert Malotte’s ‘The Lord’s Prayer’. 

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, 

thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 

Give us this day our daily bread. 

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. 

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever;- Amen.

Pray along with this hymn… “On Jordan’s bank the Baptist cries…”

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