The Greatest Man

January 3 2024
The Greatest Man

THE GREATEST MAN
Luke 3: 1-20; 7:28
Consider what it means to be GREAT.
A. Greatness Defined:
Important, Notable, Renown

B. Greatness Desired
· Matthew 20:20-21 – The mother of James & John asked that her sons be given a prominent
place in the kingdom
· Mark 10:35-37 – James & John request a place of prominence for themselves in the Kingdom.
· Acts 8:18-19 – Simon the Sorcerer attempts to buy the power of God.

C. Greatness Determined:
· By the world – Family; Finances; Fame
· By God – Demonstrated by John the Baptist
+ Luke 3:2-3 Be obedient to God’s Word
+ Luke 1:15 – Be filled with the Spirit
+ Luke 3:16 – Be humble
+ Luke 3:4-9 – Faithfully proclaim the Word
+ Luke 1:16 – Win people to Christ.
I. THE MAN (Luke 3:2)

A. The Prophecies concerning his coming.
· Isaiah 40:3 – “A voice of one calling: `In the desert prepare the way for the Lord make straight
in the wilderness a highway for our God.’
· Malachi 3:1 – “See, I will send my messenger who will prepare the way before Me.”

B. The Promise concerning his coming. (Luke 1:11-20)

C. The Parents to whom he was born. (Luke 1:5-10)

D. The Provision of his name. (Luke 1:13. 57-66)

E. The Prophesying at his birth. (Luke 1:67-79)

F. The Preparation for his ministry. (Luke 1:80)
G. The Personality that he possessed. (Matthew 3:4)

II. HIS MINISTRY (Luke 3:1)
A. The Time of his ministry (Luke 3:1-2)
· 15th year of Tiberius’ reign 26 AD.
· Pontius Pilate, governor of Judah
· Herod (son of Herod the Great), rulling in Galilee
· Philip (Herod’s brother), rulling Iturea & Traconitis
· Lysanias, ruling Abilene
· Annas, High Priest deposed by Rome, but still recognized by the Jews
· Caiaphas, Annas’ son-in-law, official High Priest

B. The Place of his ministry
· Luke 3: 3 = in the desert
· Matthew 3:5-6 = the region of the Jordan River
· John 1:28 = Bethabara, on the other side of Jordan
· John 3:23 = Aenon, because there was much water there

C. The Purpose of his ministry
· Luke 3:4-6 = to prepare the way for the Lord
· John 1:6-8 = to bear witness to the Light, that all men would believe in Him

D. The Extent of His ministry
· Luke 3:7 = the crowds
· Matthew 3:5 = people…from Jerusalem, all Judea, an the whole region of the Jordan
· Acts 18:24 = Apollos, a Jew from Alexandria, Egypt knew the baptism of John

E. The Symbol of his ministry
· Luke 3:3 = a baptism of repentance
III. HIS MESSAGE (Luke 3:2-18)

A. Repentance is imperative, and must be demonstrated in life.
· Luke 3:3, 8 = “He went…preaching…repentance for the forgiveness of sin…Produce fruit in
keeping with repentance.
· Matthew 3:2 = “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.”

B. The Kingdom of God is ready to appear. (Matthew 3:2)

C. Sin is serious, widespread, and must be forsaken.
· Luke 3:7-14
+ “You brood of vipers”
+ “Out of these stone God can raise up children for Abraham -.
” Don’t depend on human ancestry
+ “The ax is already at the root…” = judgment is certain
+ v. 11 – don’t be selfish
+ v. 13 – don’t cheat
+ v. 14 – don’t be oppressive

D. The Messiah is among men.
· Luke 3:15-18 – John preached of Messiah’s:
+ Power = “He is more powerful than I…”
+ Preeminence = “I am not worthy to untie His shoe”
+ Purging = “…Baptize with fire…burn up the chaff”
· John 1:15-18 = He came to provide bountiful blessings from God, and grace and truth.
· John 1:29 = As God’s sacrificial Lamb, He takes away the sin of the world.
· John 1:32, 34 = he is the Son of God
· John 3:36 = He gives eternal life to those who believe in Him.

IV. HIS MARTYRDOM (Luke 3:19-20)
A. Herod’s Adultery – Mark 6:17
B. John’s Rebuke – Mark 6:18 ; Leviticus 18:16
C. Herodias’ Hatred – Mark 6:19
D. John’s Death – Mark 6:21-29
E. Jesus’ Sorrow – Matthew 14:12- 13

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