Chapter # 3 Paragraph # 1 Study # 1
November 6, 2005
Lincolnton, N.C.

<201> Thesis: When things could hardly be worse, God begins to bring His grace to light. Introduction: Though there were some other things in the second chapter of Luke that I could have addressed, I have determined to move on. Therefore, our study this morning will come from the beginning of chapter three. In this chapter, Luke jumps about 16-17 years forward. In 3:23 Luke tells us that Jesus began His ministry when he was "about 30 years of age". Luke's last reference to Him was when He was twelve. Though we do not know exactly how long it was between this text's description of John's initial appearance in the wilderness and Jesus' coming into the beginning of His ministry, we do know that from 12 years to "about" 30 years is somewhere close to 18 years, and John had to have come on the scene prior to that. So, Luke has fast-forwarded to what he refers to as "the fifteenth year of Tiberius Caesar". He says that in that year the word of God came upon John, the son of Zacharias, in the wilderness.