Luke 3:1-2 In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene, in the high-priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John the son of Zechariah in the wilderness;

Beginnings can be important, because they often give us a guide to the rest of the story, they tell us what we should expect to hear. Sometimes we talk about a new beginning, but they are exceptions – it you begin to tell a story badly, you’ll loose people’s attention – its hard to begin again, as a good part of your listeners have drifted away, and a new beginning won’t bring them back. There are a lot of good stories to hear, some are true, some are based on truth, and some are just stories. If a story begins, when I was young,… you expect that it will be in some way biographical, telling about real experiences – but some of the stories we hear are often hard to believe – for example, a story that is sometimes told about walking to school, 2 miles, and it was uphill both ways. When we get to the "uphill both ways" we stop – and we say to ourselves, How can this be?

If you are going to tell an incredible story, one of the rules, is that you always include a list of people, who can verify the who, what and the where – you identify them so you can say, if you doubt me, here are the people you can ask, this is when and where it happened.

So what happened in our story?

The Word of God came to John the son of Zechariah.

The question that remains is, what did he do, what does this lead to?

When it is all said and done, it leads us back to the beginning of Luke, and the beginning of the sotry of Jesus Christ, the son of God, how he came into the world, and why.