Thursday, December 18, 2008

John prepares the way


We have been talking about the Birth of John the Baptist for the last two days. The book of Mark starts off telling about his preparing the way for the Messiah as Isaiah prophesied. Read Mark 1: 1-8.

In this passage, hear these words: "John came baptizing in the wilderness and preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were flocking to him, and they were baptized by him in the Jordan River as they confessed their sins. John wore a camel-hair garment with a leather belt around his waist and ate locusts and wild honey. He was preaching: 'Someone more powerful than I will come after me. I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the strap of His sandals. I have baptized you with water, but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.'"

John may have appeared different, he may have sounded thunderous, but the important point is - he told others about Christ. And, by the power of the Holy Spirit, people flocked to hear and accept the message. Our task is to tell others about Christ. In the Christmas Season we can get so caught up in the gifts, we lose sight of the task before us. Sharing the Messiah. Telling others how to find Christ. Being "a voice of one crying out in the wilderness...."

Today, see who God puts in your path to share with them about how to receive forgiveness of sins and to gain the eternal present of salvation.

For Kingdom Education,

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