Scripture: Matthew 3; Mark 1; Luke 3. Click here to view full scripture.
Observation: What was going on in the Bible at this time?
The message to others from John the Baptist was to repent, and he also paved the way for Jesus by preparing others to welcome Him. Many of the religious leaders were focused on getting praise from the people; however, John was different, and he was only concerned with the praise of our Heavenly Father. John both preached and lived God’s law. Jesus came to John and asked to be baptized, but John felt unqualified. However, John the Baptist obeyed and baptized Jesus. Herod put John in prison. Jesus began His ministry in Galilee where four fishermen – Simon, Andrew, James, John, – began to follow Him. Jesus also taught the people and performed miracles, including healing Peter’s mother-in-law and many others, and Jesus also healed a man with leprosy. Follow along as we continue reading in the New Testament, Matthew 3; Mark 1; Luke 3!
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
John the Baptist taught about repentance and how important it is. The first step to turning to God is to admit our sins and ask for forgiveness. That is when God will help us live the way that He so desires. Just as John did, we, too, must also help others around us learn about and welcome Jesus into their lives. Those of us who choose to repent and believe in God will be saved and used by Him. Prayer is a very powerful tool, and God wants us to talk and seek Him on a daily basis, not just in times of a tragedy or a crisis. We must seek God before our busy schedules take over our thoughts and reflect on the priorities that God has for our lives. We must also thank God for the wonderful gift of forgiveness by sending His son to die for us, allowing us to be healed. God is a God of complete truth, and we can trust Him. One day, all of His promises will come true at the right time, no matter how “impossible” they may seem. Anything and everything is possible through our Almighty Father God. God can always use us when we trust Him wholeheartedly, and He will use us for the betterment of His kingdom. He knows the plans that He has for each one of us. 🙂 We must live our lives in ways that are pleasing to our Heavenly Father, always trusting in God’s timing no matter how difficult it may be.
Prayer: What can we pray for in regards to these passages?
Heavenly Father, Thank You for the examples and stories that You have placed in Your Word for us to learn from. Thank You for the Book of Matthew, the Book of Mark, the Book of Luke, and the lessons that come from each chapter. Father, we know that we are sinners, and we ask for Your forgiveness. Please help us to always follow Your ways for us, obeying and praising You through all circumstances in our lives. Please help us to love and obey You wholeheartedly. Please help us to love our enemies and to forgive those who have hurt us, as well. Please be with those who have rejected You, and help them to return to You, Father, before judgement. Help us to treat others with kindness, and help us to show the same traits to others as You do, following Your example. Help us to trust in Your care and provision in each of our lives. Even though we do not always get what we want in life, we know that You know what is best for us. Please help us to draw near to You, and please protect us from giving in to the pressures of this fallen world. We want to live Godly lives. When we face struggles in this life, Father, please help us to call upon You. Help us also to be more compassionate toward others who are struggling in this evil world, as well. Help us to be Your hands and feet in this world, and guide us in the right paths for our lives. Help us to trust in Your timing for our lives, and help us not to grow impatient. We thank You for Your son Jesus who died to free us from the slavery of our sins. Thank You for the unique gifts and talents that You give to each one of us; help us to work in unity with others to accomplish Your plan. Thank You for the promise of one day living in eternity with You. Please guide and protect us, our friends, families, pets, and our brothers and sisters around the world who are suffering. We love You and thank You for everything. – in Jesus’ name we pray, amen.