Who is important? In the third chapter of Luke’s gospel we are introduced to John the Baptist. Luke introduces John by listing all the powerful rulers and religious leaders of the time. “In the fifteenth year of the rule of the emperor Tiberius—when Pontius Pilate was governor over Judea and Herod was ruler over Galilee, his brother Philip was ruler over Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias was ruler over Abilene, during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas—God’s word came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness. Did you notice that Luke’s introduction points out every leader, all the powerful, and then declares that the word of the Lord comes not to any of them but to John a man of no importance living in the wilderness? Throughout scripture we see God choosing the unimportant, even the outcast to share God’s word and God’s love with people. No matter how important or unimportant you feel God can and will use you to share the Good News of the coming kingdom. What amazing grace!!
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