by Pastor Bill
John is writing about John in this passage, confusing?
John the apostle is writing about John the Baptist! People are trying to
figure out who is John the Baptist? I think they also want to know,
on what authority has he come and where did he get his education.
John came in obedience to God, as do we.
“Now this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” 20 He confessed, and did not deny, but confessed, “I am not the Christ.”” John 1:19-20
John wanted to make it clear he was not the Christ! So they asked then a prophet? Elijah? So John the Baptist replies:
“‘The voice of one crying in the wilderness: “Make straight the way of the Lord,”
We have that program on TV called “The Voice” where a contest takes place for the greatest singing voice. Many times on Face book, I get to hear these voices, most of them are really amazing. John the Baptist’ voice may have been pretty obnoxious to some of those listening. They did not want to hear “Make straight the way of the Lord”. Today we call that stepping on toes! The truth made them very uncomfortable. Some of those in the crowd did not want to hear the truth but to others his words were of great joy. So your voice used for Christ make some uncomfortable, or give great joy. Even the way you live may make some uncomfortable and others joyful.
We are not the Voice of John the Baptist however we each are a voice. In Christ we become a voice for Him. John the Baptist was peculiar and so are we in a way.
“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you…” 1 Peter 3:15
God Bless Your Day