From time to time I’ll be posting audio intended to lead us to the true “master fisherman” – Jesus. In Matthew 4 we read:
As Jesus was walking by Lake Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (called Peter) and Simon’s brother Andrew. These brothers were fishermen, and they were fishing in the lake with a net. Jesus said to them, “Come, follow me, and I will make you a different kind of fishermen. You will bring in people, not fish.” Simon and Andrew immediately left their nets and followed him.
God is still calling people to leave their old lives behind and find a new life in Jesus.
As you listen to our audio, you’ll probably notice some “kid” noise in the background. That’s just a reminder that we don’t live or teach in a vacuum–that noise is part of the next generation we are trying to raise to follow the Lord.
One more thing. I’ll try to include the scripture passages and/or notes that go along with the audio. The translation I often use is the “Easy to Read Version” because it is designed for people whose first language is not English. I also use the New Living Translation because it is contemporary but precise. Finally, I may also use the English Standard Version when it seems to communicate the truth more powerfully than other versions. Most of our audience are not native English speakers, so I try to keep my language simple, clear and direct as much as possible.
Notes on “Are you ready to change?” are included below.
Luke 3:2-9, 15-18
During this time, John, the son of Zechariah, was living in the desert, and he received a message from God. 3So he went through the whole area around the Jordan River and told the people God’s message. He told them to be baptized to show that they wanted to change their lives, and then their sins would be forgiven. 4This is like the words written in the book of Isaiah the prophet:
“There is someone shouting in the desert:
‘Prepare the way for the Lord. Make the road straight for him. 5Every valley will be filled, and every mountain and hill will be made flat. Crooked roads will be made straight, and rough roads will be made smooth. 6Then everyone will see how God will save his people!’” Isaiah 40:3-5
7Crowds of people came to be baptized by John. But he said to them, “You brood (children) of snakes! Who warned you to run from God’s judgment that is coming? 8Change your hearts! (Repent!) And show by your lives that you have changed. I know what you are about to say—‘but Abraham is our father!’ That means nothing. I tell you that God can make children for Abraham from these rocks! 9The ax is now ready to cut down the trees. Every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.”
…15Everyone was hoping for the Messiah to come, and they wondered about John. They thought, “Maybe he is the Messiah.” 16John’s answer to this was, “I baptize you in water, but there is someone coming later who is able to do more than I can. I am not good enough to be the slave who unties his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. 17He will come ready to clean the grain. He will separate the good grain from the straw, and he will put the good part into his barn. Then he will burn the useless part with a fire that cannot be stopped.” 18John said many other things like this to encourage the people to change, and he told them the Good News.
1. John was sent by God.
But the Pharisees and experts in the law refused to accept God’s plan for themselves; they did not let John baptize them. (Luke 7:30)
2. John prepared the way for Jesus.
3. Religious activity not true change.
4. Repentance means a change of heart and life.
5. Children of snakes
Jesus said, “The truth is, everyone who sins is a slave—a slave to sin.” (John 8:34)
“Your father is the devil. You belong to him. You want to do what he wants…” (John 8:44a)
6. Ancestry, nationality, upbringing, religion, etc. doesn’t save you.
7. Jesus is holy and he will judge us.