Friday, March 21, 2014

Luke 3: Preparing the Way

I consider John the Baptist to be one of the most under-rated characters in Jesus' story.  Perhaps this is because he makes only an early appearance before dropping out long before we get to the extended Passion narratives of each Gospel.
But John's role was critical.  To prepare the way for the coming of the Lord.  To preach and to teach and to whet the people's appetite for Someone much greater.  John's ministry set the stage for Jesus' arrival and made it possible for Jesus to attract spiritually-hungry crowds and to build on John's prophetic message.

You see, John didn't get to talk much about the gentle grace and mercy of God's love.  He was called to a fiery ministry of justice and wrath and confrontation.  He lived a tough lifestyle, and he had some rough enemies.

I also love John's humility.  Hanging around preachers as I often do, I know how difficult it would be to say something like, "He must increase; I must decrease," or "I'm not even worthy to untie his sandals."  John's lack of ego is breathtaking.  He never had any confusion that he was greater than he was, certainly not greater than the One he was privileged to baptize.

Let's be thankful for John the Baptist!

1 comment:

  1. Verse 15 really popped for me today. It says "The people were waiting expectantly and were all wondering in their hearts if John might possibly be the Messiah." Granted, John was not the Messiah. But I love the idea of waiting expectantly. The crowds were listening to John, hanging on his words, wanting to know what to do next. And they were expecting something to happen! It is that Holy Expectancy that I would love to have more often, knowing that God is going to move.