What Jesus Did! 'Warnings and Good News?' — Luke 3:18

Saturday, February 14, 2015

And John continued to tell the Good News, saying many other things to help the people.
— Luke 3:18
Illustration of Luke 3:18 — And John continued to tell the Good News, saying many other things to help the people.

Key Thought

The warning in the previous verses and the Good News in this verse don't seem to go together, do they? Hmm, how do they fit together? When everlasting life and eternal destruction are the options, to reject the Good News about Jesus is to choose destruction. Each of the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) emphasizes the radical nature of the choice we must make about the Kingdom of God and the coming of Jesus. Jesus is Good News. Jesus brings Good News. Jesus insures Good News. However, if we reject Jesus and the call of the Kingdom of God, we must hear the warnings of that choice. In a world like ours, where few want ultimate choices and the vast majority resents having to deal with lasting consequences for moral and spiritual choices, John the Baptist's preaching still has a penetrating, an invigorating, and for some, an irritating, echo. Like it or not, Jesus confronts us with a decision about who will rule our lives. The choice we make means everything!

Today's Prayer

Father, help me to hear the radical call of your Kingdom on my heart. I know that the message of Jesus is Good News! At the same time, I don't want to take it for granted or take lightly your call for me to live my life with holiness, integrity, honor, righteousness, compassion, goodness, virtue, and godly character. May your will reign in my heart and may my life reflect the Good News of the Kingdom to which you have called me. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

The people asked John, "What should we do?" John answered, "If you have two shirts, share with the person that does not have one. If you have food, share that too." Even the tax collectors came to John. They wanted to be baptized. They said to John, "Teacher, what should we do?" John said to them, "Don't take more taxes from people than you have been ordered to take." The soldiers asked John, "What about us? What should we do?" John said to them, "Don't use force or lies to make people give you money. Be happy with the pay you get." All the people were hoping {for the Christ to come}, and they wondered about John. They thought, "Maybe he is the Christ." John answered everyone, "I baptize you in water, but there is a person coming later who can do more than I can. I am not good enough to untie his shoes for him. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. He will come ready to clean the grain. He will separate the good grain from the straw. He will put the good part of the grain into his barn. Then he will burn the part that is not good. He will burn it with a fire that cannot be stopped." And John continued to tell the Good News, saying many other things to help the people. (John criticized Governor Herod. John criticized Herod for the bad thing he did with Herodias, the wife of Herod's brother. John also criticized Herod for the many other bad things Herod did. So Herod did another bad thing: He put John in jail. This was added to all the other bad things Herod did.)

Luke 3:10-20

Related Scripture Readings

Then Peter was filled with the Holy Spirit. He said to them, "Leaders of the people and you older leaders: Are you questioning us today about the good thing that was done to this crippled man? Are you asking us what made him well? We want all of you and all the Jewish people to know that this man was made well by the power of Jesus Christ from Nazareth! You nailed Jesus to a cross. God raised him from death. This man was crippled, but he is now well. He is able to stand here before you because of the power of Jesus! Jesus is 'the stone that you builders thought was not important. But this stone has become the cornerstone. ' Jesus is the only One who can save people. His name is the only power in the world that has been given to save people. We must be saved through Jesus!"

Acts 4:8-12

Jesus answered, "I am the way. I am the truth and the life. The only way to the Father is through me. If you really knew me, then you would know my Father too. But now you know the Father. You have seen him."

John 14:6-7

We believe people when they say something is true. But what God says is more important. And this is what God told us: He told us the truth about his own Son. The person who believes in the Son of God has the truth that God told us. The person who does not believe God makes God a liar. Why? Because that person does not believe what God told us about his Son. This is what God told us: God has given us eternal life. And this eternal life is in his Son (Jesus). The person who has the Son has {true} life. But the person who does not have the Son of God does not have life. I write this letter to you people who believe in the Son of God. I write so that you will know that you have eternal life now.

1 John 5:9-13

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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