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Still 'fine-tuning' our process. You can get to the original article HERE

NOTE: THIS ARTICLE is a reprint from the blog of reverend Kevin Rogers of New Song Church in Windsor, Ontario and is reproduced here for your convenience. You can visit the his blog called "The Orphan Age" HERE.

 

John the Baptist was indeed a powerful, provocative and
influential teacher. Part of the strength of his message was in recognizing
that he was a forerunner. It was given to him to call people back to God in
preparation of the coming Messiah.


Matthew 3:

In those days John the
Baptist came and preached in the Desert of Judea. He said,
“Turn away from your sins! The kingdom of heaven has come near.” John
is the one Isaiah the prophet had spoken about. He had said,

“A messenger is calling
out in the desert,
‘Prepare the way for the Lord.
    Make straight paths for him.’

 

 

John belonged to a Jewish subgroup known as The Essenes.
They lived in the desert away from the city and believed that faithfulness to
God meant separating from the diluted and worldly Judaism they saw elsewhere.
That is why the description of John’s camel hair clothing, and his diet of
locusts and wild honey was recorded in the Scriptures. He dressed and ate like
someone who lived in the wilderness. Much of his ministry was around the Jordan
River, sacred to Israel and Judah as the place of crossing into promise. To be
baptized in that river was an acknowledgment of returning to God’s plan for his
people.

 

As crowds would travel to hear John, they would hear a
strong voice in a quiet place. Jesus would have made that journey and heard
John teach. How might Jesus in turn be influenced by having such a teacher and
proclaimer of truth?

  


Matthew 3:

John
saw many Pharisees and Sadducees coming to where he was baptizing. He said to
them, “You are like a nest of poisonous snakes! Who warned you to escape the
coming of God’s anger? Live in a way that shows you have
turned away from your sins. Don’t think you can say to
yourselves, ‘Abraham is our father.’ I tell you; God can raise up children for
Abraham even from these stones. 10 The ax is ready to cut the
roots of the trees. All the trees that don’t produce good fruit will be cut
down. They will be thrown into the fire.

 

 

Jesus’ message to religious leaders would become a
continuation of God’s prophetic message flowing from John’s mouth. It was hard
words for hardened hearts. However, the message of correction is always to
point to something or someone greater to watch for.

 

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