This year MCC Dorchester is encouraging all our members and friends to take a fresh and in-depth look at Luke’s Gospel. We will prioritize Luke whenever appropriate in our worship services and I, with the support of other members of the congregation, will be making regular postings online. Each time we make a post you are only asked to read one chapter (usually no more than one page) and then to think about your thoughts on one or two verses you have just read and a few musings that follow. Having heard the first two chapters of Luke read in church in Advent and Christmas this week we are asking you to read the third chapter of Luke. Turning to verse 15&16 we hear:
“”15 The people were waiting expectantly and were all wondering in their hearts if John might possibly be the Messiah. 16 John answered them all, “I baptize you with water. But one who is more powerful than I will come, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire”. (NIV)
In verse 15 we read that the people were expectant. These expectant people encountered John the Baptist; the great prophet, who told them about the “one who would come after” (Jesus) who will Baptise “with the Holy Spirit”. Could it be that it was expectancy that led the crowds to the desert, without which they would not have encountered John or heard about Jesus? Could it be when we are most expectant we are most open to the Spirit of God and that we can witness God moving in our own lives? Could it be when we are more expectant that we are more open to prayer, reading the Bible, talking about faith to our fiends who make up our Church? Could it be when we are most expectant we are more open to those God-incidence, rather than coincidence? If so then perhaps expectancy is a key part of spiritual development and God encounter. If it is then let’s join together in praying for ourselves, each other and our wider church community, that we may be expectant at the start and throughout this year to all the wonder the Gospel can reveal for us.