This morning I read through Luke 3:1-22. This is an incredibly rich passage. John the Baptist is warning of both the coming Judgement and announcing the arrival of Messiah. Both are intertwined and announced as "good news". Is John also pointing to how Judgement and Salvation come together at the cross?
The painting below is from the Isenheim Alterpiece by Gruenwald. A copy hung in Karl Barth's office for much his career.
The crowds, tax collectors, and soldiers each asked John, "What then shall we do?"
It is interesting and challenging that John's answers to all involve the just aquisition, use, and distribution of money and property!