John the Baptist understood the appointed time for him to be silent in obscurity and to speak openly. On God's timetable, the time came for him to go public with the Gospel, and at this time, we are going to study John's public, prophetic ministry in Luke 3:1-20. As we begin with Luke 3:1-6, looking at John's prompting, preaching, and prophecy, we must consider what John's handling of the Gospel means for our handling of the Gospel, as we go before the Lord into the lives of those that do not know Him.
Jesus answered and said to them, “It is not those who are well who need a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.”