Good News C2
Second Sunday in Advent
New American Bible Luke
Gateway New International Version Luke 3:1-6
Imagine that God decided to send you to remind people
that Jesus is coming again. He has told you that your job is to remind
people living today that they need to repent for their sins. It is your job to tell them that they need to
change their way of living. They need to
go back to obeying the Ten Commandments that God gave to Moses. You have spent your life living in the
desert. You like the simple things in
life. The only clothing you wear is a
long coat made of camel’s skin, a leather belt to fasten your coat, and a pair
of sandals. You love to eat
grasshoppers…especially those chocolate covered ones that your mother, Elizabeth makes for you when you go home for a
visit. You also feast on honey the bees
made from the nectar they got from nearby desert flowers.
As a sign of repenting for their sins, God wants you to
baptize his people with the water of the Jordan River
or the Catawba or whatever river is nearest you. You will say, “I baptize you
in the name of God. Christians didn’t
make the sign of the cross until the year 240 A.D (240 years after the birth of Christ). People were being killed just for being
Christians. So to save their lives,
Christians made a sign of the cross in the dirt with their walking sticks. If the other person was a Christian, they
made the same sign. Then they knew they
were with friends and could pray together.
Probably, when they were inside a building or didn’t have a stick or
couldn’t draw a cross in the dirt, then they started making the sign of the
cross using their foreheads, hearts, and shoulders, like we do today.
Some people will judge you by what you wear…a coat of
camel’s skin, sandals. They may judge
you because of what you eat, like locusts, grasshoppers, and honey. They may not listen to your words because
they are judging you by their standards.
God is judging you by his standards.
If God is happy with you, you don’t have to worry about anyonelse.
Would you be brave enough to tell the head of a large
company…the king or queen of a country…the president of a nation that they are
living in sin…the people in your neighborhood…the people in the next town? Would you tell them that they need to be
baptized? Would you tell them that they should tell God they are sorry for their
sins and make changes in the way they live in order to follow God’s
commandments. This is what God asked John
the Baptist to do. John
the Baptist was willing to do this for God. John
the Baptist “talked a walk for God.” He
told people to choose God’s path.
would you encourage people to change their ways? Would you make billboards? Would you send emails? Would you put an ad in the newspaper? “Come to banks of the Catawba
River at 12:00 noon on December 25th. Repent and Be Baptized to Wash Away Your
Sins. Bring towels. You will receive a new white garment to wear
God did not ask you to be like John
the Baptist. Maybe God just wants you to
be a good example to others. When you
are good and follow God’s laws, other people will see that it works great. Then, they will want to change on their
own. You won’t have to say a word. Actions speak louder than words. Actions show what words cannot say. People sometimes say one thing and do
another. As a saying goes now, “Walk your talk.” Go the way you say you should.
People who have earned millions of dollars by doing wrong
things, could have made the same amount of money by doing things
right…legally. You can do all things
with the help of God. God will show you
Now pray the “Our Father.” Ask God to give you the strength to
obey his laws, to do what is right, and to be a good example by what you say
and what you do. Ask him to help you
forgive yourself and others for going off his path. Then you will be ready when Jesus comes for you.
“Our Father, who
art in Heaven,
be Thy name.
will be done,
earth as it is in heaven.
us this day, our daily bread.
forgive us our trespasses,
we forgive those who trespass against us.
lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.
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