GROW Day 2 - Luke 3:1-22
Greetings in the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ!
This week’s blog post will focus on Day 2 of the GROW plan.
• Pray: Ask God to prepare your heart and mind to read and understand His Word.
• Read: The scripture passage.
• Do: Write down what this passage teaches you about God, Jesus, and/or the Holy Spirit.
• Pray: Pray back to God what He has shown you in this passage about Himself. Thank Him for who He is and what He has done.
So, what does this passage teach us about God, Jesus, or the Holy Spirit? What I like to do is take each verse and simply note the facts about what each verse teaches about God, Jesus, and/or the Holy Spirit. Each verse is on a separate line with the verse number at the beginning. This week’s scripture reading is in Luke 3:1-22. My notes are below:
1 God works within the context of human history
2 The word of God came to John in the wilderness
3 God sent John into all the region of the Jordan to preach a baptism of repentance for the remission/forgiveness of sins.
4 John’s ministry of “Preparing the way of the Lord and Making His paths straight” was a fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy.
6 “All flesh shall see the salvation of God”
7 God’s wrath against sin was coming
8 God desires that we bear fruits worthy of repentance. Our genealogy or religious family heritage does not replace our personal need for repentance and forgiveness of our sins.
9 God’s “axe” is laid at the roots of the trees. Trees that do not bear good fruit are cut down and thrown in the fire.
15 People were in expectation, reasoning in their hearts weather John was the Christ or not, because God has promised that the Christ/Messiah would come.
16 “One mightier than I is coming…He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.”
17 “His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and gather the wheat into His barn; but the chaff He will burn with unquenchable fire.”
21 Jesus was also baptized; and while He prayed, the heaven was opened.
22 The Holy Spirit descended in bodily form like a dove upon Him
22 A voice came from heaven which said, “You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased.”
Here is how I pray this passage back to God; what He has shown me in this passage about Himself. Thanking Him for who He is and what He has done:
Father, thank you that you worked in our human history to bring us a message of repentance AND a Savior who would not only forgive us of our sins but grant us His righteousness and indwelling Holy Spirit. Help me bear fruits worth of repentance, demonstrating the reality that YOU have changed me. Help me proclaim your coming Kingdom, and lead others to know and want You. Lord, I know the fire of your judgement is coming. Help me warn others and live in expectation of your return. Jesus, thank you that you set the example for us of baptism, publicly identifying with your Father and His Kingdom work. Although you did not need to repent of anything, you pleased your Father by being baptized. Thank you for never calling us to do something that you did not do yourself. Jesus, you ARE the Son of God! You are my salvation! Help me live each day for Your Glory, living the Gospel, and in expectation of your coming!