Mar 05, 2017

LUKE 3:1-22

Pastor Duane Smets
March 5th, 2017

I.   Historically Significant
II.  Spiritually Significant
III. Cosmically Significant

Well, last time I was with you all we rounded off our first month in the Gospel of Luke. In that time, which means that so far in our study through the story of Jesus according to Dr. Luke what we’ve heard is the reasons why he wrote the book and then all the exciting things that happened in and around Jesus’ birth and then a brief scene from Jesus’ childhood when He was 12.

Today in our text we jump about 18 years ahead in time, to when Jesus and His cousin John start their public ministries, putting them at about 30 years old, which at the time was the youngest age you could be a Jewish Rabbi teacher (cf. Numbers 4:3).

Both of their entrances are unique and quite explosive. So much so that they really become the talk of the town, sort to speak, but more than that, they become the talk of the whole region. Crowds filled with all kinds of people, from all over the area of the ancient middle east, start showing up because of what they’re hearing.

Because of the manner and significance of what cousin John says and does and then because of what happens when he hands the baton off to Jesus, I’ve titled my sermon for today, “A Story Worth Talking About.” There are massive historical, spiritual and cosmic things happening in these scenes, which was the reason everyone was talking about them.

So let’s go ahead and read our passage for today. Let’s stand in honor and recognition that Luke wrote this not only for our good but because God instructed him to so that what we have is the word of God. I’ll read the text, declare it as God’s Word, we’ll thank Him for it together, I’ll pray and then we’ll sit down.

Luke 3:1-22
In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene, during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John the son of Zechariah in the wilderness. And he went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming 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: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be made low, and the crooked shall become straight, and the rough places shall become level ways, and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.’”

He said therefore to the crowds that came out to be baptized by him, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bear fruits in keeping with repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children for Abraham. Even now the axe is laid to the root of the trees. Every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.”

And the crowds asked him, “What then shall we do?” And he answered them, “Whoever has two tunics is to share with him who has none, and whoever has food is to do likewise.” Tax collectors also came to be baptized and said to him, “Teacher, what shall we do?” And he said to them, “Collect no more than you are authorized to do.” Soldiers also asked him, “And we, what shall we do?” And he said to them, “Do not extort money from anyone by threats or by false accusation, and be content with your wages.”

As the people were in expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Christ, John answered them all, saying, “I baptize you with water, but he who is mightier than I is coming, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.”

So with many other exhortations he preached good news to the people. But Herod the tetrarch, who had been reproved by him for Herodias, his brother's wife, and for all the evil things that Herod had done, added this to them all, that he locked up John in prison.

Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heavens were opened, and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form, like a dove; and a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”

• Pastoral Declaration: This is the Word of the Lord.
• Congregational Response: Thanks Be To God.
• Pastoral Prayer

A Story Worth Talking About. Do you guys read the news? I know today hardly anyone actually subscribes to newspapers. Newspapers died. But most of still read the news every day right.

Pretty much every morning I pull out my phone and one of the first things I do is read Google News. Actually, what I like doing first is reading something from the Bible before I jump into whatever news stories are coming out in the morning. Which I think is a good practice, you should try that.

Anyway, after reading Google News then I’ll typically check in with my social media, see what’s happening on Facebook and Twitter for a bit and then I’ll go about my day. These days news comes to us from all kinds of different angles. They say that Twitter now is the fastest way news is disseminated. Something will be reported on Twitter long before any News agency can get an article written or video segment recorded.

When it comes to marketing, companies spend millions of dollars on TV ads, radio spots, billboards, and social media posts. But do you know what the number one most successful form of marketing is? Word of mouth. It’s free advertising that comes with someone’s personal endorsement that is extended out to their relational networks. That’s why there’s this push for you to “share” things. The goal is that you would word of mouth spread something in hopes that it would create some sort of viral buzz.

It’s interesting. When you get together with someone in person the chances are a big part of your conversation is going to be spreading news or products. Think about it. You hang out with someone and what do you talk about? Normally some sort of conversation gets started with a version of this line: “Have you heard about…”

It’s the sharing of stories. Stories of something happening in our country or the world. Stories about other stories from movies to TV shows or books. Or stories about new products we’re using, trying or enjoying. The bulk of our human conversation actually centers around stories.

It’s into that world, the world where people talk that Luke is speaking into. The overarching theme of each part of the chapter we’re looking at today is that Jesus is a really big deal, that Him coming on the scene is monumentally significant, so significant that it is a story that really is worth talking about.

So if there’s one line I hope you walk away thinking about and remembering from today it’s this, “Jesus is worth talking about.” Jesus is worth talking about. And I’ve got three points for us to walk through to help us come to see that, Jesus is worth talking about because the story of Jesus is “Historically Significant”, “Spiritually Significant” and “Cosmically Significant.”

Let’s begin our first point, “Historically Significant.”

I.  Historically Significant

First off, Luke, our human author of this story cares a lot about history and facts. We talked about that in our very first week into the book when we read his purpose for writing in verse 3 and 4 of the first chapter when he said he wanted to write an “orderly account” so that we could have “certainty” about what happened.

In the first few verses of chapter 3 that we’re looking at today you pick up on Luke’s concern for factual history, don’t you? I mean he has this elaborate boringly specific statement about who the Roman emperor was at the time, who the Roman governor over the region was then, who the Jewish king was and who the Jewish high priest was at the time. I mean, he’s super specific. He documents the history with almost pedantic detail.

Then he says something that would have shocked any Jewish reader of the first century. All the historical documenting is a set up for this line, then Luke 3:2, “the word of God came to John the son of Zechariah.” That is a huge line!

To see how huge of a line that is and was I got to unpack a few things for us.

First about God and the people in the Bible who believed in Him and worshiped Him. Not unlike today, people in the ancient world believed in all kinds of different gods and there were all kinds of different religious belief systems not unlike today.

What made the Jewish God unique and unlike any of the other gods or belief systems was that the Jewish God, known as YHWH, made Himself known through WORDS, words communicated through the mouth and hands of men called “prophets.”

Other deities were more detached and ambiguous, they were only known through crafted images made of either metal or stone, and we're usually only supposedly good at and had power over one or two things. The deities of the ancient world did not communicate and the only way you knew whether they were happy or not happy with you was based on whether or not your crops did well or your wife was fertile or something like that.

God, YHWH, the God of the Bible, instead of being detached and ambiguous, communicated, a lot. Through these “Prophets” He revealed His thoughts about a lot of things and communicated His power over all things. The God of the Bible was unique because He could be known, but not through some ecstatic encounter with an image but through specific messages from His men.

This is why people who have believed in the God of the Bible have always been a people of the book, wherein we come to know the thoughts and the heart of God and His will for us.

Now here’s why saying “the word of God came to John” was so significant. One, almost every time God sent His word to say something to His people through one of His prophets, they always started out with a form of that line, “the word of the Lord came…” So whether it was good ole’ Abe, Samuel, Nathan, Elijah, Jeremiah…you name it, the Prophets of God, they announced themselves with that line, “the word of God came.”

So, saying this about John was a big deal because with that line he is being identified as one of God’s Prophets, joining a long line of men whom God had speak to His people on His behalf. And this is how people received John. Later on, in Luke in chapter 20, he says that people were “convinced that John was a prophet.”

Now that’s the first thing that’s historically significant about this, John was a Prophet. There’s only about 20 in the Bible who are specifically ever given that title in all of human history, so it’s a big deal.

Now here’s the second thing that really historically significant about this, when John the Baptist came on the scene, there had not been a Prophet sent from God to speak to His people for about 400 years. Malachi was the last one who died just about 400 years before this.

Because of that, the period between Malachi and John has often been called the “four hundred years of silence.” 400 years! That’s a long time. Think about that. 400 years ago before today was 1617. The United States did not even exist then! 400 years!

Think about that. 400 years…and no word from God. Just silence. No prophets. No one coming along saying anything about where God went, what He’s up to, what He thinks, whether He’s upset about something, whether He still cares…400 years.

And then BAM! The word of the Lord comes to John and he starts preaching and telling the people what God thinks and is up to. John coming on the scene as a prophet was a monumental historical event.

There’s only one other time in the Bible where God is silent for four hundred years. It’s when His people are in slavery in Egypt. And when He does show up again, sending His prophet Moses, He does some pretty big things…all the plagues and then walking through the Red Sea on dry ground, the Exodus.

So John coming on the scene after 400 years as a prophet is a flare gun signal that God is about to do something extremely big. It’s difficult to underestimate how big of a historical event this was.

Here’s how I want to end this point and tie it to us, where we’re at. John doesn’t last very long as a prophet and He actually doesn’t have a whole lot to say. The whole of His message is basically to point to Jesus and hand things off to Him.

After John, there’s only one other capital “P” Prophet. Jesus Himself. Here’s what the book of Hebrews in the Bible says in chapter 1, verses 1 and 2, “Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son.”

Have you ever felt like God is silent? Like you try to talk to Him and pray but it doesn’t seem like He’s there? Have you ever wished and wanted God to just speak to you?

What this passage from the book of Hebrews tells us is that since Jesus and because of Jesus there would never be any years of silence ever again. In these last days, the final stage of history that John the Baptist ushered in, introducing Jesus, Jesus the Son now speaks.

In the Bible we have the written words of Jesus and because Jesus died and rose He lives and sent His living Spirit into our hearts which speaks to us directly His words of love and grace that have been recorded for all time in this book. Through Jesus, we have a God who is never silent, but always hears our prayers and answers us.

You see God acted in history in this story and He did it so that He might act in history today in your story, in the story of your life. So what are you needing to hear at this point in the history of your life?

Do you simply need to hear God tell you, “I’m here. I love you. I’m proud of you. I forgive you. I’m with you. I’m behind you all the way.” We as God’s people need His Word, we need the words of grace provided for in Christ.

The Bible says in 2 Corinthians chapter 1 verse 20 that God is faithful and that all the promises of God are YES in Jesus. That means that when we pray and we really share our hearts and our needs with God, not frivolous wants and desires, but the true needs and desires of our souls, God answer is YES and that He gives it to us through His Son.

May God help us call out to Him and to receive the gift of His Son. Jesus is worth talking about. He’s worth talking to and He’s worth telling others about.

Alright, let’s move on to our second point, “Spiritually Significant”.

II.  Spiritually Significant

With this point, what I want us to do is to dig into the message of John. John’s message and ministry are actually pretty simple, his whole point and purpose is to prepare people for Jesus.

It’s hard to tell how long John was preaching and baptizing people before Jesus shows up. Most think it’s roughly four or five years, in large because of a reference to John in a Jewish history book written by a man named Josephus. Which is pretty cool. It’s a book that’s not in the Bible but corroborates this story that is.

So John’s a big deal like we talked about in the last point. But he doesn’t even get a full chapter in all the book of Luke. John is an extremely big deal but the whole of his message and activity is to say that Jesus is an even bigger deal.

Let’s check it out together. First look at verse 3 with me.

“He went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.” – Luke 3:3 

So that’s his message and method. The message is repent and receive forgiveness and the method is baptism. Why does he say this and do this? Verses 4-6 give the answer, essentially saying it’s preparatory.

It is to “prepare” people for the coming of the Lord, through whom “all flesh”, all kinds of people everywhere, will find salvation. Repentance, forgiveness, and baptism prepare people’s hearts for the Lord who will save the people. Then what we have in verses 15-17 is John saying Jesus is that savior and Lord.

Now, there’s a lot to talk about here with these kinds of specialized words like repentance, baptism, and forgiveness. And we’ll talk about them but the way I want to do that is essentially by going through John’s own explanation of them. Because you see, sort of sandwiched in between the two references to Jesus, one at the beginning of John’s ministry and one at the end of it, what we have is him basically getting really raw and helping people see how they really do need Jesus the savior.

It’s a little jarring at first when we look at how he does that. I mean verse 7 has him just ripping into people calling them names, “You brood of vipers!” He kind of sounds like a you-knowwhat, right?

I thought about this one for a bit this week. Like, why are all these people, these crowds coming out to see this guy and listen to him just cuss them out? What I realized after some time sitting on it is that John isn’t just being pejorative here.

John’s a little bit of a weirdo, the Gospel of Matthew tells us he ate locust and honey and only wore a piece of camel hair and a belt. So maybe he’s somewhat of a spectacle to the people. But when we look at what he says after he calls the people snakes, it’s actually quite compassionate. What he goes after is genuinely. I don’t think that’s even a word, but he wants the people’s decision to get baptized to truly be genuine.

He’s crying out, don’t be a bunch of snakes. If you’re just doing this to look good in front of your friends or to try to get in good with God, don’t do it. That’s evil. Snakes were seen as evil. John is crying out for people to really deal with their hearts and to see what’s there and that we are a people who need salvation.

He zeroes in on this by unpacking repentance. The word “repentance” simply means change or turn around. So when he says it’s a repentance for the forgiveness of sins, it’s a personal admission of sin, receiving forgiveness and then turning away from it.

Check out verse 8, John says, “Bear fruits in keeping with repentance.” If you just say sorry, or just feel bad, but then just keep doing the same thing over and over again, that’s not repentance, it’s just repeatance. It’s just an ugly dishonest cycle.

In verses 8-9 he goes after a type of person who would call themselves a believer in God, but really don’t exhibit any fruit or evidence of a real relationship with God. They think they’re a Christian because they grew up in a Christian home or because way back when some time they prayed a prayer.

John says that’s a false confidence. It’s not genuine. And that person is a dead tree that God will cut down.

That hits home for the people he’s talking to. In verse 10, they seem to show some compunction and say, “What then shall we do?”

Maybe that hits home for you too today? Maybe you call yourself a Christian or think of yourself as one but it’s been a long time since you actually talked to God, read His book, and there are things in your life you know God would be displeased with? John is saying today, “that’s dangerous.” God’s got an ax and He’s not going to let you get away with that.

In response to the crowd’s question, rather than immediately giving them the answer, he actually pushes harder and starts addressing even more duplicities. He talks to three different groups, the crowds, tax collectors and soldiers and with each one he addresses generosity.

To the crowds, he talks about generosity with their possessions, how most people don’t really want to share and give away but instead purchase and accumulate for themselves. It’s so easy to be just about spending our money on ourselves.

To the tax collectors, he talks ripping people off. Tax collectors would get their job by being the highest bidder and were free to add on extra as part of their payment. It’s greed and corruption. It’s so easy to be greedy and to just want more.

To the soldiers, he talks about using their position to extort money from people. Soldiers could get away with just about anything and the people would have no recourse. It’s so easy to be a bad steward of what God blesses us with, thinking we’ll get away with it.

Money can really reveal where our hearts are at. One Bible commentator Philip Ryken says this,

“Money has great spiritual power, both for evil and for good. What we do with our wealth reveals our true priorities. Are we living for ourselves or others? Our budgets and bank accounts are leading indicators for our spiritual health.”

You see when we’re in genuine relationship with God we find Him to be such a giving God, He’s abundantly kind and generous towards us, He gives us each day as a gift of life, He’s provides us with work and food, friendships, He gives us His grace constantly forgiving us and welcoming us in, He gave us His own Son so that wouldn’t have to face His wrath, He gives us His Word which encourages us each day, He gives His Spirit so that we might feel His presence and love, God just gives and gives and gives and gives. He’s a generous God!

So if we’re in a relationship with God experiencing the generosity of God it can’t help but turn our hearts making us generous. Generous with our time, generous with our talents, and generous with our treasure…our money. Generosity with our finances is a fruit of repentance, it’s a sign that we’re in right and healthy relationship with God.

So are you generous? One of the primary ways the Bible tells us we express the generosity of God in our hearts is through a giving of our what it calls “first fruits” to His church. It’s a regular financial giving to God’s work in His church.

It’s not an exaction or a payment. I don’t even like the word “tithe”. But it’s a joyful generous giving to God. Which can cut the other way too. If you give and it’s not joyful to you but you give begrudgingly than that’s not God’s generosity either. He’s never begrudging. He gives freely and bountifully.

Sometimes the antidote to a lack of joy in giving is to just give more. 2 Corinthians 9:7 says, “God loves the cheerful giver!” And that word “cheerful” is a hilarious or ridiculous giver.

And I want to encourage you. It’s the first Sunday of the month, so it’s a great Sunday for first fruits giving!

For reasons we don’t fully understand January was one of the worst months for us financially in three years as a church. Our executive pastor put forward our most conservative budget in three years but in February we still fell short, putting us at $42,000 behind for the year already.

Then on top of it, our front sign pretty got demolished between the last two storms. If you saw it coming in, it’s sagging in the middle, the lettering is all washed out and the wood has turned black. We got an estimate this week and it’s gonna cost $2,000 to replace it with a weather proof version.

Now, I’m telling you that not to scare you, but just to share the reality of where we’re at financially as a church. We need you to pray. Maybe tell some people about it. There have been times in the past when we were in a bind and we’ve had friends, family member or sometimes even someone just in the church pull out their checkbook and write a big check. God may move in your heart or someone you know’s heart to do that.

When it comes down to it, though, it’s not about the money. It’s about our hearts and our relationship with God. And if we’re honest. All of us fall short. None of us are perfect.

The fruit we’re supposed to bear from being in a relationship with God is things like love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness and self-control. And so often we don’t bear that fruit. We’ve got sin and pockets of sin and stuff in our relationship with God that needs to get straightened out.

And the good news is God knows that and doesn’t reject us but provides a solution and a savior for it. John was kind of a no BS type of guy. He went straight to the heart of it. It wasn’t because he was mean, he was just honest and the truth is there’s really no good news unless we deal with the bad first.

For those who heard John’s preaching and received it he told them he was not the Christ, he wasn’t the savior, that Jesus was and to be baptized as a sign of their need for forgiveness that Jesus would provide.

Baptism with water throughout the Bible has been a special sign. The water involved points to the cleansing work of God’s Spirit in our hearts sealing us into the promise of God’s grace.

On the very first day of the very first church service that was held after Jesus rose and ascended to heaven, the Apostle Peter preached and like the people here in our story, they too were cut to the heart and asked Peter what they should do and Peter’s answer was, “Repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins (Acts 2:38).”

John offered a baptism looking forward to person and work of Jesus. The church offers a baptism looking backward to person and work of Jesus done on the cross, where He paid the price for all of our sin so we could be forgiven.

So for us as a church, The Resolved Church, we’re a church that’s into baptisms. Easter is coming up and we love doing baptisms on Easter. And I want to encourage you if you have not yet been baptized to get baptized! We have a one day class on baptism, we’re offering it a couple different weeks, sign up for the class at the Connect Booth, even if you just want to learn more about baptism and are not sure if you should be baptized, take the class and consider being baptized on Easter.

John the Baptist had a short ministry. Only a few years. Really only one page of the Bible. But what he said and what he did had monumental spiritual significance.

John got to the heart of it, our hearts and our relationship with God. And John did the most spiritually significant thing a person can ever do, he turned to Jesus Christ as the savior. John needed Jesus as his savior and told everyone else they needed Him too. For John, Jesus was worth talking about, and he did. He was killed because he told Herod the king he needed to repent and turn to Christ.

May God help us to heed John’s words, to repent, be baptized and embrace the forgiveness of Jesus the savior and may God help us to be like John and point people to Jesus, lovingly helping people see their need for Him so that they might have a real genuine relationship with God.

Well, we’ve got one final point for today and it’s a good one. This story for today ends in epic fashion, so let’s wrap it up this morning with our last point looking at how this story is “Cosmically Significant.”

III.  Cosmically Significant

In the last few verses of our text for today, we have what’s called a theophany. A theophany is a physical manifestation or appearance of God. Here it is, let me re-read it for us. Luke 3:21-22, “Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heavens were opened, and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form, like a dove; and a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.””

This is huge. The heavens open up...clouds parting, bright light, a dove descends, and a voice, like the voice that was heard on Mount Sinai when God gave the 10 commandments, this voice speaks and says: "This, is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased."

This is a cosmic event. We have all three persons of the Trinity participating and showing themselves. Jesus the Son is present. God the Father speaks. And the Holy Spirit descends in the form of a dove. We as Christians believe there is one God who exists in three persons, a Holy Trinity as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

God entering the world in Jesus was an earth shattering event. It’s cosmic. God who eternally exists outside of space and time, breaks through it, born as a little baby in Bethlehem, grows up and then shows Himself publicly to a crowd of people being baptized in the Jordan River.

It’s a cosmic event. So big that we can’t even get our puny little human brains around the mechanics of it. How did God break space and time and take on human flesh? I don’t know.

It was an earth shattering event. We see that and hear that here. Everyone who was present saw what happened and heard the voice. They knew this was a big deal. But I think what is even more earth-shattering than the physics of this supernatural event is the reason Jesus came.

John had said that in Jesus “all flesh” would see the salvation of God. Jesus as God’s unique one and only Son came in order to bring salvation to all flesh, all kinds of people, all races, black, white, brown, Asian, all classes, rich, poor, healthy, sick, all families, men, women, and children.

The book of John records John the Baptist baptizing people then seeing Jesus for the first time and it says he saw him and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! (John 1:29).” This was the reason John said Jesus was mightier. John could only point to the savior, he could not take on anyone’s sin so they could be forgiven.

In our text in Luke John says he wasn’t even worthy to untie Jesus’ sandals. In the ancient world, they had slaves and they could make slaves do a lot of things but one thing the law prohibited slave owners from doing was untying their sandals. John says he wished he could do that for Jesus but wasn’t even worthy.

In the Gospel of Matthew it tells us that when Jesus came to be baptized John objected saying, “I need to be baptized by you, why do you come to me? (Matthew 3:14). Jesus answers and says it is to “fulfill all righteousness.”

John was calling for repentance and bearing fruit...but even John recognizes, he can't fully do those things. Even if you repent, are baptized and do your best to bear fruit...it's still not going to be enough. Future failure is inevitable. You can't do these things and accomplish it your own righteousness.

Jesus shows up and says, "I will do it for you." I will be baptized and take your sin upon me and enable you to bear fruit. "I will do it for you. I will fulfill your righteousness and die for all your unrighteousness.

What a moment! John, took Jesus, his cousin and his savior in his arms, and baptized him knowing that Jesus would die for his sins so that he could be forgiven. At that moment, when God’s voice thunders and says, “I am well pleased!” Those words become the words God speaks over all who embrace His Son.

For us here today, for those of us who embrace Jesus Christ as our savior, God says “I am pleased with you.” The sins and the stains and the spots of yesterday are wiped clean because Jesus lived, was baptized and crucified for them.

It’s a cosmic exchange. Jesus takes on all our failures and in return gives us all His perfection. The cosmic significance of this exchange, like the historic and spiritual significance cannot be understated. It is the greatest story ever told. There is none like it. There is nothing better out there.

Today, have you embraced Jesus, God’s Son as your savior? Are you walking with Him as the One who fulfills your righteousness or are you trying to do everything right on your own? Today, do you need to hear those sweet and powerful words of God, “I am pleased with you”? There is nothing more pleasing to God than us embracing His Son.

That is why God sent Him and it’s why Jesus came. That we might be forever changed and saved in the cosmos of eternity.

This story, the story of Jesus and what He offers to us is truly a story worth talking about.


Well, it’s been fun today talking about the historic, spiritual and cosmic significance of the story of Jesus.

We started out today talking about how much we are constantly sharing stories either online or when we get together. The story of Jesus is one worth talking about.

So share things about Jesus on social media. I’m constantly posting Scripture and things pointing to the goodness of Jesus. But don’t just share Jesus on social media but talk about Him in person with people.

If it’s in your community group, open up and talk about what Jesus is doing in you. If it’s with a friend who may not yet be a Christian, talk to them about Jesus and why you think His story really is one worth talking about. Have people over for dinner or go out for coffee or drinks and talk about the one worth talking about.

There are lots of things to talk about when we get together with friends and family. But none is as sweet or as good as Jesus.

Let’s pray.

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