In the fifteenth year of the reign of Emperor Tiberius, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was ruler of Galilee, and his brother Philip ruler of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias ruler of Abilene, during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness. He went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah, “The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be made low, and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways made smooth; and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.’” (Luke 3:1-6, NRSV)
In the fifteenth year of Emperor Tiberius…
It is all connected to the Empire!
It is about when they were in power.
When those who were following God were maybe using religion to play political games.
And the Messiah stepped into the world, the chosen one who was going to bring balance to the world.
The one who would free the chosen people from the bondage of the Empire.
They may seem to be in control, for the moment. And they may win the battle, but our God has already saved us all and won the war!