The Weaving Word

Weaving together the threads that make up my passion for the written word…as an author, editor, and follower of The Word.

Matthew 3:1-12 – John the Baptist Prepares the Way

I think I would have liked John—he seems a bit eccentric with his camel hair clothing, and his affinity for locusts and wild honey.  He was a straight talker who pulled no punches, and there was no fooling him with insincerity.  He had an uncanny ability to see right through it.  People were drawn to him, following him into the desert just to hear him preach.  Reminiscent of the Old Testament prophets, he was on fire for God even before the gift of the Holy Spirit came to us at Pentecost, and he was blessed with a clarity of vision that no one else had.  He was not there to entertain, and he didn’t care if his words offended someone.  His mission was to speak the truth; to make sure the people knew that their long awaited King was on His way, and that it was time to clean up in preparation of his arrival.  They needed to prepare their hearts to receive Jesus’ message, because their eternal lives depended on it. 

John called on people to confess their sins and baptized them “with the water of repentance” as an outward sin of what was going on internally…a sign not that they were suddenly clean, but that they were ready to turn away from sin, and toward God.

I don’t know why the Pharisees and Sadducees came to watch John.  Maybe it was only out of curiosity, or to argue with him, or discredit him.  Maybe they came as spies for the Jewish leaders…to make sure he wasn’t doing anything that would affect their power.  The Bible doesn’t say why they came, but it does record John’s reaction to their presence.  He called them a “brood of vipers” and warned them to “produce fruit in keeping with repentance.”  Until now, they had clung to the privilege of their ancestry, trying to buy favor with God by keeping the law, and by rituals and sacrifices…some true to God’s original commands, some so over-interpreted and distorted that the spirit of them had been completely lost.  John wanted them to step back and look at what kind of fruit they were producing.  Was it really for God’s glory, or theirs?

John’s message was a word of warning to the children of Abraham, and a word of hope for everyone else.  The privilege of ancestry alone would no longer be enough, and neither would simply following the letter of the law.  With the coming of Jesus, everything was about to change.  

Advertisements

About weavingword

Allison D. Reid is a Christian Fantasy author with a fondness for Medieval history. Her first published series, the Wind Rider Chronicles, embraces traditional fantasy elements but is also infused with deeper spiritual themes. The first two books in the series, "Journey to Aviad" and "Ancient Voices: Into the Depths" can be found at Amazon and other online book retailers. "Journey to Aviad" is now FREE. Visit http://allisondreid.com/books-2/ to learn more.

One comment on “Matthew 3:1-12 – John the Baptist Prepares the Way

  1. Frank M Rowe
    June 5, 2013

    John was filledwith the Holy Ghosteven from his mother’s womb!Luke 1:15
    Greater still he was mentioned as the greatest by Jesus!

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Information

This entry was posted on June 4, 2013 by in In the Word.

Post Categories

Follow The Weaving Word on WordPress.com

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 880 other followers

Kristen Lamb

Author, Blogger, Social Media Jedi

Heritage Calling

A Historic England Blog

The Write Stuff

"Writers Helping Writers" with Marcia Meara & Friends

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

Blog with a view - on books, music, humour and health

England's History

The Trails and Tribulations of English History

Don Massenzio's Blog

Independent Authors Unite!

newfreekindlebooks.com

Updated listing of free and discounted eBooks for your Kindle

Duri Rolvsson

Stories of Adventure & Friendship

medievalbooks

Erik Kwakkel blogging about medieval manuscripts

Darlene Foster's Blog

dreamer of dreams, teller of tales

Write Inside Out

Inside Everyone is a Great Writer

OPERATION ECHO

Empowering Kingdom Believers

Paul Davis

My creations, life, and musings

Nicholas C. Rossis

Award-winning, dream-protecting author

Author David Wiley

Author of science fiction and fantasy stories, choosing to write the stories that he would love to read.

www.ginabriganti.com

Be Inspired. Inspire.

%d bloggers like this: