The Messiah’s Certification—Luke 3:21-38

Series: Jesus’s Preparation For Ministry (3:1-4:13)

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Levi Durfey

 

INTRODUCTION

 

How can we be sure that Jesus is the Messiah?

 

It’s a question people have been asking for 2,000 years. Part of what Luke wants to do in this gospel is to show people that Jesus is the Messiah. 

 

In the last passage, the people were wondering if John the Baptist was the Messiah. John told them that one much greater than he was coming. 

 

Now, here, Jesus appears on the scene. But how do we know that He is the real Messiah? Others had claimed to be the Messiah. Luke presents us with two certificates of authentication. 

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Humble Boldness—Luke 3:15-20

Series: Jesus’s Preparation For Ministry (3:1-4:13)

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Levi Durfey

 

INTRODUCTION

 

One of the great needs of Christians is to have a humble boldness. Many of us are humble and some of us are bold, but very few have a humble boldness.

 

A bold Christian is a good thing to be, until pride causes a fall. A humble Christian is a good thing to be, unless one never stands up for Jesus at all.

 

What does a humble and bold Christian look like? We have Jesus, of course, as the best model we copy. But John the Baptist is also a fine example of what it means to be humble and bold.

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Real Repentance Is Necessary To Escape Real Judgment—Luke 3:7-14

Series: Jesus’s Preparation For Ministry (3:1-4:13)

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Levi Durfey

 

INTRODUCTION

 

In our modern world, God’s judgment has been relegated to the dump heap of history. It’s as if humans have risen up and said to God, “You can’t judge any more, You need to stick with just loving people.”

 

But God’s judgment is real. Jesus spoke more often of Hell, judgment and destruction than He spoke of Heaven. In chapter after chapter, He warns us of the consequences of not following Him—

 

13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. (Matthew 7:13–14)

 

It was Jesus who talked about being thrown into “outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth” (for example, Matthew 22:13).

 

Today, if someone preached like that we would tell them that they are too harsh, that they need to speak of God’s love, not His judgment. Well, they’d have to tell Jesus to stop preaching, and they’d have to tell John the Baptist that he is all wet! Continue reading