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A Sermon on Luke 3:1-2

John the Baptist Prepares the Way

In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene, during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John the son of Zechariah in the wilderness. (ESV)

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God's Law was given after the Fall of man and His communication with humanity continued until it suddenly halted for 400 years. Silence for 400 years left mankind waiting for God's word to come again. Listen to Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones as he discusses the message that broke this silence in Luke 3:1-2. God's revelation is the exact opposite of discovery; man does not have access to anything that was not first revealed by God. Two histories are revealed here. Learn about spiritual history and how this always works exactly according to God's plan. Redemption and the scheme of salvation were in the mind of God even before the world was formed. The hand of God runs throughout Scripture alongside the plan and history of man. See how the Old Testament is constantly pointing forward to Christ Jesus. See how sin demands punishment. Man's sin is such terrible rebellion that God cannot simply pretend He has not seen it. Jesus Christ came to taste death for every man. Indulging in temporary pleasures of this earth will have devastating eternal effects. There is great hope that comes with this Gospel of freedom through Christ, but it is one that must be embraced in this lifetime.


Additional Scripture Translations

Luke 3:1-2, New American Standard Bible

John the Baptist Preaches

1Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was tetrarch of Galilee and his brother Philip was tetrarch of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias was tetrarch of Abilene, 2in the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John, the son of Zechariah, in the wilderness.

Luke 3:1-2, King James Version

1Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Cæsar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judæa, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of Ituraea and of the region of Trachonitis, and Lysanias the tetrarch of Abilene, 2Annas and Caiaphas being the high priests, the word of God came unto John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness.


About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.