Day 37 – At The Right Time
On: December 7, 2014   |   By: admin   |   Under: Blog   |   Comments: Comments are off

“In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar – when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, Herod tetrarch of Galilee, his brother Philip tetrarch of Iturea and Traconitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene – during the high-priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness. He went into all the country around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.” [Luke 3:1-3]

We turn the page and find that we’ve moved forward 18 years. Having left John with the Lord’s hand on him (1:66) growing and becoming strong in spirit (1:80), his time of preparation is now complete. He had been living obediently in the wilderness, listening to God. We don’t know the detail of John hearing God’s call; other than that he heard it … and went. Simple as that. The key, surely, was in his patient waiting. Not just waiting for the hands of the clock to turn, but waiting on God. He might have felt that he was ready to carry out his work sooner, but the circumstances of his ministry were not in place. It was not about him, it was about Jesus. At the right time, God called and John responded.

It comes down to this: who’s at the centre of my life? Me and my plans? Or God and His?

The Word of God came to John … he went …

Note: Luke was at pains to ensure that his gospel had such robust historical references that no-one could dismiss it as storytelling. This is as factual as the Roman Emperor himself. If we do not question his existence, we should not question the veracity of Luke’s account.

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