- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Today’s Scripture—Luke 3
Timeline (1-2) — Tiberius was the Roman Emperor who ruled AD 14-37, so John the Baptist and Jesus began their public ministry in about AD 29, when Jesus was 30 years old (v.23).
The ministry of John the Baptist (3-20)—- John’s baptism was within his total ministry of preparing the way of the Lord by repentance and forgiveness, making hearts ready for the one soon to come “who is mightier than I”(16). The repentance he preached required social responsibility with justice. When repentance and forgiveness are available, judgement was good news (18) because the primary aim for judgment was to save the wheat, not to burn the chaff. John’s good news was preparing for the good news of Jesus Christ, which fulfilled everything.
Luke recorded about John’s life very briefly, compared to Mark’s record in Mark 6:14-29.
The baptism of Jesus (21-22) — Jesus’ baptism was proclamation of God’s Christ to the world with three part; the beginning of a new age (Jesus later preached, “the Kingdom of God has come.”), the empowerment (The Holy Spirit came upon him), and the affirmation (the voice from heaven). These three defined all the ministry of Jesus later.
The genealogy of Jesus (23-38) —- The genealogy of Jesus in Luke shows Luke’s theology of who Jesus is to him and to his community, compared of Jesus’ genealogy in Matthew 1:1-17. Luke expressed the universal reach of God’s purpose. Jesus was related to creation and Adam (Humankind), and his ministry extended to God’s original and never abandoned purpose. Luke saw Jesus as the Savior of all humankind and more favored to the lost, the least, and the last, the people of his own community. At the same time, Luke made the point that Jesus was in continuity with his heritage, a true child of Israel.
After Reading —- Reflection and prayer.
- Ask yourself, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?”
- If you were baptized, reaffirm your baptism, meditating on “Remember your baptism and be thankful.”
- If you have not baptized yet, meditation on the meaning of baptism, and why.
- Pray God that the God’s word today be the way, the life, and the truth.
- Live it out through the day.