Baptism of Christ, Cappella Palatina, Palermo, Italy, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, Tenn.
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Luke 3:1-22 Commentary
by Emerson Powery
Preparation for a major event is key!
Without preparation, we may not receive the full benefits of what is coming. How much more fulfilling if one is prepared, allowing the excitement to build, and preparing one’s mind and heart! Life-changing events may also require a re-organization of priorities. Of course, that requires much more preparation, as people re-configure what really matters in their lives and what should become like “chaff” that a good fire will burn away.
When John the Baptist (Luke 3:1) and Jesus (3:23) begin their public activities, there is a new emperor (Tiberius) and regional governor (Pilate) in leadership. Just as Luke named the Roman leadership during the time of their births (2:1), so now he names the leadership as a way of marking the calendar of when these two Jewish prophets appeared on the public scene.
Prior to this passage, Luke recorded a unique story about the twelve-year old Jesus “sitting among the teachers” in the Temple area and gaining in understanding (Luke ...
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NL251: Jesus' Baptism
January 08, 2017
This podcast on Luke 3:1-22, the Narrative Lectionary reading for Jan. 8, 2017, features Profs. Rolf Jacobson, Kathryn Schifferdecker, and Matt Skinner. Podcast recorded at Luther Seminary, Saint Paul, Minn.