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It’s Time To Receive It – God Prepares His Prophet

It’s Time To Receive It – God Prepares His Prophet

Luke 1:67-79

We’re aware of the Star of Bethlehem this time of year. I’m a huge fan of astronomy, and so I’m interested stellar events regardless of what time of year it is. Did you know there’s a star system named Eta Carinae, which has a mass 100 times greater than that of our sun, is giving signs that its life is about over. Researchers say that it could become a supernova—a blazing, exploding star—within the next 10,000 years. What is especially interesting about this is the idea that since light from that system takes 9,000 years to reach the earth, the actual explosion could have already taken place. God’s promises are like that: ALREADY ACCOMPLISHED, but we just haven’t realized them yet.

God’s Intent Is To Bring Us Home. HOW?

By Remembering His Promises  ~ Luke 1:67-75

By Reminding US of Those Promises By a Prophet ~ Luke 1:76-79

  • 76 a Prophet speaks God’s truth: MESSIAH is coming!
  • 77 MESSIAH is sin forgiver (not war hero)
  • 78 God’s tender love motivates the MESSIAH
  • 79 Without HIM, we’re stuck in the dark; we need guidance!

God loves us too much to let us die in the dark, stuck in our sin. He promised to rescue us; He sent a prophet to remind us; He sent the Christ to redeem us; and He STILL calls us to repent when we relapse! God is not the God of second chances; rather, He is the God of seventy times seven chances.

Learning from Luke: Preparing the Way Today

Learning from Luke: Preparing the Way Today Sermon Audio Here


Luke 3:10-18

Preparations being made to depart for a trip – how to decide what to take, what to leave, what to do, what not to do in a new place?

How Does John Prepare The Way?

Practical Preparation for the Kingdom
Luke 3:10-14

  • v10 In response to John’s warnings: “make His paths straight” Yeah but HOW?
  • v11 Ordinary: care for the needy
  • v12/13 Rich: don’t take advantage of others
  • v14 Powerful: don’t use power for your own ends

Personally Pointing to the Kingdom
Luke 3:15-18

  • v15 these verbs describe an immediate response; the people hear John’s challenge, and they start wondering if John is the Messiah
  • v16 NO; Messiah greater WORTH and greater POWER
  • v17 greater ABILITY and crucial MINISTRY; “unquenchable” means unstoppable
  • v18 John’s Good News: God has sent the Worthy One, the Powerful Prince, the Capable Christ, the Unstoppable Emissary

John’s message is still applicable today – Get Ready: He Who Is ABLE to Save Is On The Way!


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