Prophecy and Fulfillment - worked out in advance
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Delivered By
The Venerable Dr. Christopher A. Brown
Delivered On
December 9, 2012
Central Passage
Luke 3:1-6
"The voice of one crying in the wilderness"

Bulletin insert to accompany the sermon

John the Baptist outside the Bible

Now some of the Jews thought that the description of Herod's army came from God, and was a very just punishment for what e did against John called te Baptist. For Heror had him killed, althog he was a good man and had urged the Jews to exert themselves to virtue, both as to justicr toward one another and reverence towards God, and having done so join together in washing. For immersion in water, it was clear to him, could not be used for the forgiveness of sins, but as a sanctification of the body, and only if the soul was already thoroughly purified by right actions. And when others massed about him, for they were very greatly moved by his words, Herod, who feared that such strong influence over the people might carry to a revolt - for they seemed ready to do anything he should advise - believed it much better to move now than later have it raise a rebellion and engage him in actions he would regret.

And so John, out of Herod's suspiciousness, was sent in chains to Machaerus, the fort previously mentioned, and there put to death; but it was the opinion of the Jews that out of retribution for John, God willed the destruction of the army so as to afflict Herod.

~ Titus Flavius Josephus, 37-c. A.D. 100