Summary: John 3:16 is known to all. Other 3:16 passages in the New Testament teach us important things about Jesus as well. This is Luke 3:16
(based on a sermon series by Tom Ellsworth)
SERIES: “DISCOVER JESUS: The Other 3:16’s”
TEXT: LUKE 3:15-18
TITLE: “THE POWER OF JESUS”
OPEN: A Last week we began a new series: “Discovering Jesus: The Other 3:16’s”
1. We said that most of us know John 3:16 quite well
--That passage teaches us about what God was accomplishing through His Son
2. But there are other 3:16 passages in the New Testament that teach us important things about
B. Back in 1990’s President of the United States Bill Clinton came to Louisville and spoke at Male
High School. Joe Berks, principal at the school, was asked how much advanced preparation was
involved in the president’s visit. He said it was incredibly huge.
There were three groups that came early, and each had five or six in their group. The three
groups were the Secret Service, a group preparing for the media, and another group in charge of
The programming people insisted on removing one hundred chairs at the front of the auditorium
in the high school, and they built a special platform for the president that was only used about
twenty-five minutes. They flew in the president’s own six hundred pound podium. It had a bullet
proof glass front and a heavy metal casing that would withstand a bomb blast. Then dogs came in
and sniffed every corner, every chair and even every sandwich that had been prepared for the local
politicians who came in and gobbled them up…feeling so privileged not knowing that dogs had
been slobbering on them earlier. The president’s own chef was flown in and he fixed a sandwich
and tea for his boss. Kroger’s, the grocery store chain, had donated flowers that lined the entire
stage, but an angry advance man reminded them that the president had serious allergy problems, so
they took an hour and a half to snip off every bloom and bud and cart them away.
As it got closer to the president’s arrival, the advance people came in droves until eight adjacent
rooms were filled with the president’s entourage. By the time the president arrived there were
trucks with satellite dishes outside, two helicopters, five limousines and a number of snipers on the
roof of the school and several in the cemetery that was close by. Joe Berks, the principal, said, “It
was a zoo. I’m glad we did it, but I’d never want to do it again.”
C. When Jesus Christ came to earth there was only one advance man.
1. It was the task of John the Baptist to prepare the way for the coming of the Son of God and then
to get out of the way.
2. He did his job perfectly—even though, apparently, his ministry lasted only about a year before
he was beheaded.
--Today we will look at some very important words from John the Baptist about Jesus.
3. Luke 3:15-18 – “The people were waiting expectantly and were all wondering in their hearts if
John might possibly be the Christ. John answered them all, ‘I baptize you with water. But one
more powerful than I will come, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will
baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand to clear his