Merry Christmas...You Brood of Vipers!?

Passage:Luke 3:7-18

Preacher: Ben Phillips

Category: Messiah

Keywords: john the baptist, fire, hope

As we lead up to the Christmas Day, this passage from Luke's Gospel is something of a bucket of cold water on what is otherwise a time of joy, warmth, and celebration. John the Baptist is preaching to the people in the wilderness by the Jordan River, and challenging them to not treat their faith simply as "fire insurance". He reminds them that the whole point of his ministry, and our faith, is to look for the one who is to come, Jesus the Redeemer and Judge.