Chapter Three Tuesday, November 30, 2010
“John went into all the country around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.” Luke 3:3
Don’t you just love John the Baptist!? He is a bit scruffy, does his own thing, lives in the wilderness, smells a little ripe, and carries the potent image of the great prophet Elijah in his soul. He calls it like he sees it!
Even though he carries the mantle of Elijah, he captures his preaching theme from the writings of the prophet Isaiah. From Isaiah 40 we hear him speak to the people about his authority to call them to repentance.
Take a moment to read Isaiah chapter 40, you will be glad you did. It will provide you with a great blessing.
It all begins with a word of comfort for the people of God. Have you ever needed comfort? Then it flows to a powerful message about the Word of God and the image of the shepherd who tenderly cares for the flock. But the last words of Isaiah 40 are really my favorites. In fact, the words of Isaiah 40:31 are painted on the top tube of my favorite bicycle as a reminder that the power of God can overcome anything.
That’s why I love John the Baptist--he is an overcomer. Nothing stops him or his message. In fact, he ultimately gave his life for his faith in Jesus and his commitment to the message of repentance.
Do you hear his message? As we draw closer to the celebration of Christmas, are there any areas of your life that need to hear a message of repentance? I know there are places like that in my life. I am going to take some time to listen and respond. Will you join me?