It was God’s plan to make Jesus arrival known, just not in a rock star sort of way. God picked John the Baptist, to begin to change the hearts of the people of Israel, and to let them know the time was drawing near. John lived simply, spoke boldly an saw what was to come quite clearly. He knew his place was important but limited. He also knew he was the person to introduce the Messiah–he was not the Messiah.
Still people were coming from all over to hear his message and be baptized. The Jewish leaders were coming as well to check the competition. These men, who knew the law and prophets better than anyone, should have seen the prophetic significance–but they did not. To them, he was just a crazy guy making a splash. John was changing lives and preparing the way for Jesus–He was an amazing man.
In our lives God uses us all in different ways if we allow him to. Like John, we simply have to do what he has called us to do; and not question his plan. We may feel we insignificant, but, then God may be using us to prepare the way for others to know him. If we remain in him and trust him, we can be assured–God will use us to further his kingdom. Stay focused, stay available and stay ready–then know God will change lives through you!
God Bless You
In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea 2 and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”3 This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah:
“A voice of one calling in the wilderness,
‘Prepare the way for the Lord,
make straight paths for him.'”
4 John’s clothes were made of camel’s hair, and he had a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey. 5 People went out to him from Jerusalem and all Judea and the whole region of the Jordan.6 Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River.
7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to where he was baptizing, he said to them: “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? 8 Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. 9 And do not think you can say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham. 10 The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.
11 “I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. 12 His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”