Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | June 11, 2019


Luke 3:1-18

And he came into all the country about Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins (3:3).

Our Fallen Nature

A man had a pet leopard. One day the leopard was licking the hand of the master, and as he licked, his razor-like teeth scratched the master’s hand. The leopard tasted blood for the first time, and immediately the ferocious nature of the animal went wild and he cut his master to pieces. Underneath is always that primeval and fallen nature.

Angels stood in the very presence of God, created just a little below the glory of the Lord Himself, and yet their high estate and their holy calling of praise and glory did not keep them from falling. Out of a seminary of the Greek Orthodox Church came Joseph Stalin; his mother had dedicated him to God as a priest. Out of the righteous home of Noah came the carnal son Ham. Out of the home of David, the man after God’s own heart, came the traitor Absalom. Manasseh was the only son of good King Hezekiah, yet God said that because of the sins of Manasseh He would destroy Judah from the face of the earth.

You may know homes today where the parents are godly and righteous but the children reject Jesus Christ. And O Lord, what of us? What of us? If an angel falls and is lost; Lord, what of us? But the Lord knows how to deliver those who place their trust in Him. God knows how to deliver those who believe in Him out of the ravages of trial and temptation. God knows how to deliver us, and He does [2 Peter 2:9].



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