What Jesus Did! – 'God's Message Comes to John' – Luke 3:1-2
It was now the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius, the Roman emperor. Pontius Pilate was governor over Judea; Herod Antipas was ruler over Galilee; his brother Philip was ruler over Iturea and Traconitis; Lysanias was ruler over Abilene. Annas and Caiaphas were the high priests. At this time a message from God came to John son of Zechariah, who was living in the wilderness.
We often think that it is our setting or our location or the time in our lives that determines when we feel God’s influence the most. The beginning of the Jesus story reminds us that God is greater than any setting, location, or time in history. God’s message came to John when Israel was occupied by Roman power, influence, and politics. Yet this was the time that God chose to speak and to act to fulfill his promises and to redeem all peoples. No matter where you are in the circumstances of your life, don’t think that God can’t act and bring change, deliverance, and salvation. God is greater than any circumstance. The real issue is whether or not our hearts are yearning for his mighty works and his powerful words to change us regardless of our setting, location, or time in his history.
Abba Father, may your name be revered with holy passion and your words and works be honored by people just as they are by the hosts of heaven. Break through in this time and show your glory and splendor, holiness and honor, righteousness and justice, before all people. Keep my heart’s fervor vibrantly passionate for you and your will. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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