Chapter # 3 Paragraph # 1 Study # 9
January 15, 2006
Lincolnton, N.C.

<216> Thesis: John's message was not to be corrupted by the error of thinking it was within man's abilities to accomplish. Introduction: In our study last week, we moved more closely to Luke's message regarding John's "words from God to Judah" by looking more carefully into his reference to Isaiah 40. In that study, we intended to see how the "quoted material" in Luke 3 fit into the Isaiah 40 context, but we ran out of time. We did, however, have time to show that Isaiah 40:1-2 was a "cry" to Jerusalem regarding "Yahweh's" satisfaction with the double-payment for Jerusalem's sins. Our conclusion was that, as a prelude to John's message to Judah, the thesis of a sufficient redemption price was absolutely crucial. Luke's introduction of the baby Jesus as the Ruler over the house of Jacob forever (1:33) Who would be the fulfillment of the mercy of Yahweh as defined by His words to Abraham (1:54-55) was brought by the angelic announcement to the identity of "Savior" (2:11) Whose function as "Savior" was brought by Anna down to the specific issue of "Redeemer" (the One Who would pay a sufficient redemption price -- 2:38). This "Redeemer" thesis was addressed by Zacharias in 1:68 in respect to Yahweh's deliverance of His people so that they might be able to serve Him in holiness and righteousness all of their days. Thus, the thesis of "Justice Satisfied" is critical to our grasp of John's message of grace. Now, this morning, it is my desire to return to the Isaiah 40 context so that we may see another major thesis that has an inalterable link to John as the messenger of the Dawn of Grace. This thesis is found in the paragraph that immediately follows the portion quoted by Luke. It's significance is theologically enormous. Therefore, we are going to look this morning at Isaiah 40:6-8.