TUESDAY 20 December, 2016
Prophet of the Highest
“And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Highest;
for you will go before the face of the Lord to prepare His ways,
to give knowledge of salvation to His people by the remission of their sins. - >Luke 1:76-77
As the child John grew, the hand of the Lord was with him, he became strong in Spirit. He would live in the area of the desert until his ministry began. Zacharias, in his prophecy gave an explanation of his son’s ministry. In biblical times, when a king visited, a herald would proclaim his coming. The people would prepare the way by removing all the rocks and trash from the roads to make them as smooth and straight as possible.
Likewise, when a man, John the Baptist, as he preached, would herald, Jesus the King of kings––the king of the Jews and make ready a people prepared for the Lord. John would give a strong message to repent. His words would convict the people and they would see their need for the forgiveness for their sins. The people’s hearts were made ready––for their coming Messiah.
As John ministered to the multitudes of people, he was questioned as to whether or not, he was the Christ? He left this testimony in Scripture:
...when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?”He confessed, and did not deny, but confessed, “I am not the Christ.” (John 1:19-20).
When Jesus began his ministry, He asked John to baptize Him. John before his Lord, took a position of humility and said: “It is He who, coming after me, is preferred before me, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose” (John 1:27). It is very important to notice John never pointed people to himself he always pointed them to Christ. Who do you point others too, yourself or Christ?
…I have seen and testified that this is the Son of God.”
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