Straight Paths and Level Ways
Series: Seek & Save
April 28, 2019
This week, Frank continued our new series traveling through the book of Luke. After the brief visit to the end of Luke last week, we headed back toward the beginning of the book. Because the Gospel of Luke is a narrative of Jesus life and ministry, we open up chapter three of this book to the introduction of Jesus by John the Baptist to those he was preaching to in that narrative.
Luke 3:4-6, 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.’”
Repentance removes the obstacles between you and Jesus.
Here’s what John knew about the Gospel as he called for repentance:
1. The Gospel is for all willing to rest in God’s mercy.
Verse 6, …and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.
Romans 1:16, For I am not ashamed of the Gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.
2. The Gospel contains a warning of God’s wrath.
Verse 7, …flee from the wrath to come…
Romans 2:5, But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God's righteous judgment will be revealed.
3. The Gospel compels us to change our behavior.
Verse 8, Bear fruits in keeping with repentance.
Romans 12:1, I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.
Stop trying to ride coattails to salvation…
Take responsibility for your own repentant heart.
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