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Journey to Bethlehem Day 21 Luke 3:15-20

Saturday, December 22

Luke 3:15-20

15 As the people were in expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Christ, 16 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 fire. 17 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.”

18 So with many other exhortations he preached good news to the people. 19 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, 20 added this to them all, that he locked up John in prison.

John the Baptist speaks here of the current age that Christ ushered in at Pentecost in which believers are baptized with the Holy Spirit and fire. That is good news indeed. He also speaks of judgment day when Christ will come again with the winnowing fork in His hand. Those who have repented of their sin and have believed in the name of Jesus for their salvation will be gathered as wheat into His barn. However, those who have not repented and have denied their need for a Savior will be like the chaff, burned with unquenchable fire.

To the people who were in expectation, God had prepared their hearts to receive John’s message of good news. For them, John was in the right place at the right time. So it is for us. God has prepared the hearts of those around us to receive His message of good news, of the saving grace of Jesus, through us. This is the perfect time of year to share your faith with others as they prepare to celebrate a secular Christmas. Invite them to church that they might celebrate the birth of our Savior King, mightier than all, yet born in the humblest of circumstances. Empowered by the Holy Spirit within you, give them the gift of knowing Jesus, that they will be gathered to Him when He comes again to judge the heavens and the earth.

Almighty God, lead us to those who are in expectation that need to hear the good news of Jesus. Fill us with joy and hope and enable us to lead them to Your precious Son, lying in a manger. May we be faithful witnesses of Your gospel that all would be gathered as wheat into Your barn. Amen.