Luke chapter three begins approximately eighteen years later. There were new political and religious leaders . John was now preaching in all the wilderness region around the Jordan River. He was telling people to “Prepare the way of the Lord.” He told them to “bear fruits worthy of repentance.” That would involve sharing with the needy, being honest, being considerate of others, and being content with their wages. John made clear that he was not the Christ but One was coming who was. Jesus also went to be baptized. When John baptized Jesus, a dove came out of heaven and a voice said, “You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased.” At the end of the chapter, Jesus lineage is given all the way back to Adam.
- John the Baptist
- Herod Antipas
Preaching near the Jordan River
Put John in prison
came to be baptized by John
- The Jordan River region
John preached in the area east and northeast of Jerusalem, and baptized people in the Jordan River.
“Fruits worthy of repentance” involve living in a way that is beneficial to self and others: generosity (vs. 11); honesty (vs. 13); and justice (vs. 14).
Jesus was baptized, not because He had sinned or needed the remission of sins, but to become our role-model of complete obedience to God. And God showed His approval.
Jesus’ lineage justifies His claims to fulfill the promises to Abraham and to sit on the throne of David.