1 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.
John the Baptist came to prepare the way for the Messiah, Jesus. John was the one “crying in the wilderness” and he fulfilled the OT prophecies and promises that would usher in Christ’s arrival. He was a different cat for sure; he ate bugs, he wore camel’s hair, and he lived out in the wilderness.
So what? His lifestyle should speak to our lifestyles. Look at all he gave up in complete surrender to God’s call on his life. We call him extreme but he was obedient and submissive to His God. How then should we live? How are we preparing the way for the Messiah in our lives? Are we making room for Christ’s arrival into our hearts and the lives of those we come in contact with?
John the Baptist challenges our assumptions and destroys expectations. He staked it all on God’s Kingdom Coming found in Jesus the Messiah. We are all holding back I’m sure. There is hope, it begins with prayer. God, what will you have me submit to you today? Life, things, hopes, dreams, other things? The joy is in the journey with Christ and how He is making each one of His more like Himself. It is truly “the ride of your life”.
Open His Word and Enjoy!