Preparing the Way for Jesus
Daily Bible Reading – 1 Samuel 18; 1 Chronicles 6; Psalm 11; Matthew 3
Today’s Key Passage – Matthew 3:1-17
More than 400 years had passed since the last of the Old Testament prophets, and faithful Jews were waiting and watching for the promised Messiah. In today’s key passage, we are introduced for the first time to John the Baptist. John was preaching in the Desert of Judea, and he was teaching a message of repentance. Interestingly, the word “repent” is actually a military term meaning “about face,” or “turn completely around”. When used in context, it refers to a person who is walking in the direction of sin toward destruction and then decides to turn away from sin and walk in a different direction. John the Baptist was calling people to repent of their sins. He was asking the Jews of the time to stop rebelling against God and to instead turn toward Him. He must have been quite an interesting sight to the people of the day, as we learn that he wore strange clothes and ate strange food, but John knew what his role was in the Kingdom. John’s role was to prepare the way for Jesus. He was called to “make straight paths for him” (Vs. 3).
Our world today is not all that much different from the world at the time of John the Baptist. Even today, people who do not know Jesus need to be prepared to meet Him, and we can all play a part in that. So how can we help prepare the way for Jesus? We can do it through our words as we speak to the unsaved about the need for forgiveness or talk to them about the differences Jesus makes in our lives. More importantly, we can do it through our actions as we live for Jesus daily and demonstrate Christ’s teachings though our actions toward others. Like John the Baptist, it is important that we understand our role in this life. We are not called to save other people – that is a job for God and God alone. Only He has the power to save, and only He has the power to rid people of sin. Our calling, instead, is to prepare the way for Him. Our calling is to make straight paths for him as we clear up any misconceptions about Him and show others who Jesus really is in our lives. Someone around you might be open to a relationship with Jesus Christ today. They might be investigating Him. They might be close to salvation. What are you doing to prepare the way for Jesus? Are you playing your part in the Kingdom? What message are you teaching through either your words or your actions? When we all come together and understand our roles, we can begin to reach more people for Christ, and we can prepare the way for His saving grace.
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Posted on April 16, 2013, in 01 - Matthew and tagged Bible, Christian, Daily Bible, Daily Devotional, Evangelism, God, Jesus, Religion, Repentance, Salvation, Service, Sin. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.