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Luke 3

Luke 3.

“Every valley shall be filled in, every mountain and hill made low. The crooked roads shall become straight, the rough ways smooth. And all people will see God’s salvation.’ ””
‭‭Luke‬ ‭3‬:‭5‬-‭6‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Check it out - big change was coming.  

John was preaching a Gospel of Repentance - the same message Jesus and then the Disciples would later proclaim.  It’s the same message we proclaim today.  “Repent and be Baptized for the Kingdom of God is near.”  We must first be baptized by the Holy Spirit.  “he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit,” ‭‭Titus‬ ‭3‬:‭5‬ ‭NIV‬‬. That’s the cleansing process that takes place when we receive Jesus payment on the cross.  These days Water Baptism comes after as a demonstration of what has already taken place inside.  Our first act of obedience - a proclamation of whose we are.

There is another big piece of salvation though… the repenting, or turning away from sin part.  Speaking about the coming judgment the crowd responded - “What should we do then?” the crowd asked. John answered, “Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same.” Even tax collectors came to be baptized. “Teacher,” they asked, “what should we do?” “Don’t collect any more than you are required to,” he told them. Then some soldiers asked him, “And what should we do?” He replied, “Don’t extort money and don’t accuse people falsely—be content with your pay.””
‭‭Luke‬ ‭3‬:‭11‬-‭14‬ ‭NIV‬‬

What was the point - the point IS it’s time for a new life in Christ.  .  “John answered them all, “I baptize you with water. But one who is more powerful than I will come, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.”
‭‭Luke‬ ‭3‬:‭16‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Dig in and KNOW Him!  Love you all!