I’ve often wondered what it must have been like to be the person to prepare the way for Jesus. It’d be enough pressure to do that for Moses, or Abraham, or David, but for God Incarnate? Messiah? Salvation Himself?
What a weighty task!
John, though, didn’t buckle under the pressure of this enormous opportunity. He did what he was designed to do: point people to Jesus. He did so with gusto (v.3). He called out sin (v.7-9). He told people what true repentance looked like (v.10-14). He preached the gospel (v. 15-19). John the Baptist knew what lane God had made for him to run in, and he ran hard.
Are you doing the same?
We are all called to do what John did. We continue to prepare the way for the second coming of Jesus. Are you faithfully running in the lane God has placed you in to point people to His Son? Are you courageous and bold, even if might cost you? As we soon find out about John the Baptist in Luke’s gospel, it cost him everything, but in the end, he gained everything.
By: Todd Thomas — Worship & College Pastor