October 8, 2018
“He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias.”
John the baptist was given birth to by Zechariah and Elizabeth in their old age.
His birth was with an angelic proclamation with divine instructions because of the divine purpose which he was coming to achieve.
(See Luke 1:13-17)
He came in fulfilment of the prophechy by prophet Isaiah (see Isaiah 40:3)
He knew what his mission was and the purpose of his existence-to make ready a people prepared for the Lord! (Luke 1:17)
No wonder he didn’t hesitate to tell the priests and Levites he was the VOICE of the one crying in the wilderness.
The VOICE (John the Baptist) Brought an awareness of the WORD (Jesus) to the people who they are supposed to respond to.
People tend to respond to voice which ‘projects’ the word they can hear in clear terms rather than an ECHO which most times,becomes louder than the voice but with no audible and meaningful impacts to the listeners.
John the baptist never compromised his stand in bringing THE MESSAGE to the people; with the mind of reconciling them to their creator through Christ who was to come.
He told them in plain terms what they should hear and not what they wish to hear.
As a minister of the gospel, are you a VOICE or an ECHO before your ‘audience’?
Are you preparing your ‘audience’ with the right message of preparing them for the second coming of Christ?
We need to be dividing (sharing/teaching/preaching) the word of God RIGHTLY (2Timothy 2:15) without minding what others preach or feel.
John The Baptist was teaching the message given to him without comparing his message with others.
In fact, he didn’t leave the wilderness for comfort of city.