Chronological Gospels: Matthew 3; Mark 1; Luke 3

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WEEK 4: Matthew 3; Mark 1; Luke 3

We begin this week with Matthew 3, Mark 1, and Luke 3. Here we read about John the Baptist preaching in the wilderness of Judea calling on the people to repent. He declares that the kingdom of heaven is near, and proceeded to baptize people in the Jordan River.

Repentance and baptism are important parts of each person’s faith journey. There are so many different beliefs and various traditions regarding both. This passage makes me stop and prayerfully consider if there are any areas of my life I might be harboring sin, or that I have not yet given over fully to the Lord. In these moments of conviction, I find encouragement in recalling my own baptism and what it means for me.

Is there any sin you have not repented of? Take some time to pray to God, repent, and seek Him today. Pray for a clean heart and a renewed spirit, that you may glorify God.

Personally, I love the story of John the Baptist. He is the first person in the New Testament we see martyred for his faith in Jesus, and he was the one sent ahead of Jesus to prepare the way for Him. This is someone people think is a total lunatic. He was bold and fearlessly stood up for his faith and convictions.

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John also got to baptize Jesus, whom he did not feel worthy to even remove Jesus’ sandals. Yet Jesus was baptized by John, the heavens opened up, and God declared His pleasure for His Son.

What about this moment stands out to you the most, and why?

Luke 3:7-14 stands out to me as a pivotal moment. John rebukes the people, gives them various encouragements, and tells them to produce fruit consistent with repentance.

What does it mean to produce fruits consistent with repentance? Do you see this in your own life?

It is so important for us to remember that John was a human being just like you and me. He had a God-given job to do and faithfully did it even to death. His methods often make our eyebrows go up to our hairlines, but his boldness is a wonderful example for us to stand strong in our beliefs and faith in Jesus no matter what we face.

At the end of Luke 3, we see another account of Jesus’ genealogy. If you are like me, you notice that it is different from that in Matthew 1. I was interested to find out more about this and discovered there are 3 possibilities, but they all seem to tie together into one answer – Luke’s account likely includes Mary’s AND Joseph’s genealogy.

To me, this is one of those moments in scripture where faith takes a front seat. We see 2 very different accounts, but we can rest in the truthfulness and promises of God, and know without a doubt that regardless of the reason for this God’s Word is without error. Just because we may not understand does not make the Bible wrong.

I encourage you to do a little digging of your own regarding the genealogies and make some notes of what you discover. What did you learn after doing so?

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Matthew 3; Mark 1; Luke 3

This study is part of the Study with Me: Chronological Gospels study series. It is an annual 48-week Bible study designed to encourage readers to follow along all year and dive deeper into the meat of the passages designated each week. I pray that you learn more about your Savior and grow in your relationship with Him through this study series. There is a free printable booklet available for download as well which allows you to print and take notes as you go through this study with me.

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