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Like John or Tiberius?

by Inspiration Ministries
"In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar … the word of God came to John … He went into all the region around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins." – Luke 3:1-3

Tiberius was born on this day in 42 BC. A few years later, he succeeded his adopted father Augustus as the Caesar of the Roman Empire and remained Rome’s ruler until 37 AD. While a fine administrator, he trusted no one. He was arrogant and had a violent temper.

In 27 AD, about the time John the Baptist began his ministry, Tiberius settled permanently on the island of Capri. There, he built prisons, dungeons, torture chambers, and places of execution. He indulged in cruel, obscene entertainment, killing many who displeased him. His insecurity led to a reign of terror. He was so hated that there was widespread rejoicing when he died.

Luke 3 is the only time Tiberius was mentioned in the Bible, and only as a reference point for John’s ministry. At the time, people surely thought Tiberius was more important than John. But history has shown that John had a more far-reaching impact. Tiberius may have ruled Rome, but John called people to get their hearts right before God. And he prepared the way for the coming of the Messiah.

Today, many people aspire to have the kind of power and influence of men like Tiberius. But the Bible tells us that people like John have a much greater impact. Why? They are sold out for God’s Kingdom. He promises to reward them richly.

Make it your ambition to serve God. Like John, seek to point people to Jesus.


Father, I want my life to count for Your Kingdom. Show me how I can use my resources to serve you. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Extended Reading

Luke 3
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