4th Sunday in March
Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, when Pontius Pilate was
governor of Judea, and Herod was tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip was
tetrarch of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias was tetrarch of
Abilene, in the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to
John, the son of Zacharias, in the wilderness.
And he (John the baptizer) came into all the district around the Jordan, preaching
a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins; as it is written in the book
of the words of Isaiah the prophet, "The voice of one crying in the wilderness,
'Make ready the way of the Lord, make His paths straight. Every ravine shall be
filled up, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low; and the crooked shall
become straight, and the rough roads smooth; And all flesh shall see the salvation
of God.' "
He therefore began saying to the multitudes who were going out to be baptized by
him, "You brood of vipers, who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Therefore
bring forth fruits in keeping with repentance, and do not begin to say to yourselves,
'We have Abraham for our father,' for I say to you that God is able from these stones
to raise up children to Abraham. And also the axe is already laid at the root of
the trees; every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown
into the fire."
And the multitudes were questioning him, saying, "Then what shall we do?" And he
would answer and say to them, "Let the man who has two tunics share with him who
has none; and let him who has food do likewise." And some tax-gatherers also came
to be baptized, and they said to him, "Teacher, what shall we do?" And he said to
them, "Collect no more than what you have been ordered to." And some soldiers were
questioning him, saying, "And what about us, what shall we do?" And he said to them,
"Do not take money from anyone by force, or accuse anyone falsely, and be content
with your wages." Luke 3:1-14 (NAS)
When people came to receive the "baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins",
John told them to bring forth fruits or works in keeping with what?
When the people asked John what should they do in order to demonstrate their repentance,
what are the examples that John gave them?
Have you decided to repent from the works you've been doing and to turn to God?
Suggested Bible Reading for Month:
March 1-7:New Testament -- Mark 6:30 - Mark 9:50. Old Testament -- Numbers 5 - Numbers
March 8-14: New Testament -- Mark 10:1 - Mark 13:23. Old Testament -- Numbers 17
- Numbers 30.
March 15-21: New Testament -- Mark 13:24 - Mark 16:20. Old Testament -- Numbers
31 - Deuteronomy 6.
March 22-31: New Testament -- Luke 1:1 - Luke 5:16. Old Testament -- Deuteronomy
7 - Deuteronomy 31.
It was the 15th year of the rule of Tiberius Caesar. These men were under Caesar:
Pontius Pilate, the ruler of Judea; Herod, the ruler of Galilee; Philip, Herod's
brother, the ruler of Iturea and Trachonitis; Lysanias, the ruler of Abilene. Annas
and Caiaphas were the high priests. At that time, a command from God came to John,
the son of Zechariah. John was living in the desert.
John went through the whole area around the Jordan River. He told the people God's
message. John told them to be baptized to show that they wanted to change their
hearts and lives. Then their sins would be forgiven. This is like the words written
in the book of Isaiah the prophet: "There is a person shouting in the desert: 'Prepare
the way for the Lord. Make his paths straight. Every valley will be filled. And
every mountain and hill will be made flat. Roads with turns will be made straight.
And rough roads will be made smooth. Every person will know about the salvation
of God!' " (a quote from Isaiah 40:3-5)
People came to be baptized by John. John said to them, "You are like poisonous snakes!
Who warned you to run away from God's anger that is coming? You must do the things
that will show that you have really changed your hearts. Don't boast and say, 'Abraham
is our father.' I tell you that God can make children for Abraham from these rocks
here. The ax is now ready to cut down the trees. Every tree that does not make good
fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire."
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 make people give you money. Don't
tell lies about anyone. Be happy with the pay you get." Luke 3:1-14 (ERV)
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