How to bring righteousness to the world [Second Sunday of Advent, part 5]

In this series on the Lectionary readings for the Second Sunday of Advent, we have been following the life and ministry of John the Baptist and the message God was proclaiming through John: a huge roadwork project.  What is that project?  God wants us to repent, so that he might bring righteousness on the world. Continue reading “How to bring righteousness to the world [Second Sunday of Advent, part 5]”

God’s road construction project [Second Sunday of Advent, Part 4]

Road construction, as we said in part 1 of this series on the Lectionary readings for the Second Sunday of Advent, is usually a nuisance.  Today we learn that God wants to do a major road construction project.  Will it be a nuisance?  Do we need it?  Let’s move to the third reading, Luke 3:1-6,Continue reading “God’s road construction project [Second Sunday of Advent, Part 4]”

A New Testament Psalm [Second Sunday of Advent, part 3]

Normally, our second reading from the Lectionary is from the collection of Psalms in the Old Testament.  But for this second Sunday of Advent, the Lectionary takes us to the New Testament, to Luke 1:68-79, and guess what we find there?  A Psalm!  A New Testament Psalm.  And one that I think you’ll find isContinue reading “A New Testament Psalm [Second Sunday of Advent, part 3]”

Who is THE prophet? [God’s heart for people to find truth, part 4]

In part 3 of this series, we met a prophet named John the Baptist in the book of the Bible titled John (though the “John” in that title was a different John!)  In John 1:25, the people question John the Baptist about his ministry.  They wanted to out him as the Messiah (the savior kingContinue reading “Who is THE prophet? [God’s heart for people to find truth, part 4]”

Of Prophets [God’s heart for people to find truth, part 3]

When you think of prophets, what comes to mind?  A scraggly guy like the one in the picture above?  Or maybe a preacher in a church?  Someone who has a vision of the future?  The Bible is loaded with prophets, and they come in many shapes and sizes.  One thing is similar about them all,Continue reading “Of Prophets [God’s heart for people to find truth, part 3]”

Questioning Jesus – Luke 7:18-35

In our study of Luke’s Gospel, our next story reintroduces us to a guy who was feeling confused about who Jesus is.  He is doubting Jesus.  Jesus used to be very real to him.  But now it seems that Jesus has gone away. That doubting guy?  You’ve met him before.  Maybe you know him quiteContinue reading “Questioning Jesus – Luke 7:18-35”

How repentance is actually beautiful – Luke 3:1-20

The word “repent” conjurs up horrible images.  Awful, judgmental images.  Hellfire and brimstone preachers. They scare me. How could “repent” be anything but an ugly word? This past Sunday we studied John the Baptist.  You can check out the sermon here.  It was looking at Luke 1:80 briefly and then Luke 3:1-20. Luke records JohnContinue reading “How repentance is actually beautiful – Luke 3:1-20”

Mercy and Grace – What we all need – Luke 1:57-80

Last week I asked: What do we all need? The amazing message of Christmas is that God wants to shower us with his mercy and grace! That is our need! Zechariah’s song proclaims the good news of salvation that is found in Christ. That salvation is found nowhere else. We need God’s grace and mercy.Continue reading “Mercy and Grace – What we all need – Luke 1:57-80”

John the Baptist was not supposed to Baptize – Luke 1:1-24

This week we started a series studying the Gospel of Luke, and we learned that John the Baptist was not supposed to Baptize!  What was he supposed to do?  What was his mission? What is the difference between John’s birth prophecy and mission and Jesus’ birth prophecy and mission? For many people, it can beContinue reading “John the Baptist was not supposed to Baptize – Luke 1:1-24”