March 15, 2009
Three hundred years after the Old Testament prophets spoke of a coming Messiah, John the Baptist stepped onto the stage of human history and proclaimed the good news of His coming. Baptizing in a desert region, John preached clearly about the need for repentance and forgiveness of sins. Alistair Begg reminds us that only those marked by humility, like John the Baptist, will be able to communicate a clear message of repentance to the lost.
1The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.1
2As it is written in Isaiah the prophet,2
“Behold, I send my messenger before your face,
who will prepare your way,
3the voice of one crying in the wilderness:
‘Prepare3 the way of the Lord,
make his paths straight,’”
4John appeared, baptizing in the wilderness and proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5And all the country of Judea and all Jerusalem were going out to him and were being baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. 6Now John was clothed with camel's hair and wore a leather belt around his waist and ate locusts and wild honey. 7And he preached, saying, “After me comes he who is mightier than I, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. 8I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”
Copyright © 2023, Alistair Begg. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
Scripture taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Text provided by the Crossway Bibles Web Service.