Luke Chapter 3
Luke chapter three talks about a very important and specific job that John the Baptist had. This job that John had was documented all the way back in the book of Isaiah and quoted in Luke 3:4: “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.” John needed to prepare the way of the Lord and make his paths straight.
Jesus’ public ministry only lasted about three years. It was important that people were ready for his ministry, as he had a lot to accomplish in little time. Therefore, John prepared the way, so Jesus could make the most out of his little time here on earth. John did a number of things to help prepare the way for the Lord.
One way that John prepared the way for Jesus was to baptize people with water. This baptism was “a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins,” (Luke 3:3). I’m sure that we all understand the importance of repentance and the forgiveness of our sins. Therefore, we can see the importance of this baptism by water, as it was for repentance and the forgiveness of sins.
John also spent time teaching and preaching to help prepare the way for Jesus. The crowds asked John, “what then shall we do?” John went on to describe the importance of being generous with our possessions and money (verses 10-14). John also focused on preaching “good news” (verse 18) to the people. That good news that John preached about focused on the message of the kingdom, as evidenced by Matthew 3:2.
Preparing the way for Jesus was the main responsibility that John had. We also have that same responsibility that John had. Right now, Jesus is sitting at the right hand of God, but one day Jesus is going to descend from heaven and return to earth. He is going to establish his Father’s Kingdom. We have to prepare the way for Jesus to come back to earth.
We have to prepare ourselves and others for Jesus to establish his Father’s Kingdom on earth. You can’t prepare others if you yourself are not prepared for God’s coming Kingdom. Therefore, if you aren’t ready yourself, then get ready! If you find yourself ready, then it is paramount that you focus on getting those around you ready for Jesus’ return. In essence, we have the same responsibility that John the Baptist had.