Butting in

Posted: April 15, 2011 in Army, John

John 1:19-20,22-23
Now this was John’s testimony when the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask him who he was.

He (John the Baptist) did not fail to confess, but confessed freely, “I am not the Messiah.”…
Finally they (the religious leaders) said, “Who are you?
Give us an answer to take back to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?”
John replied in the words of Isaiah the prophet,
“I am the voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way for the Lord.'”

John the Baptist was sent to tell people about the coming Messiah Jesus Christ. He ate some gross stuff and lived in the wilderness. His purpose in life was to tell people the good news about Jesus, and he also baptized allot of people. He was eventually beheaded by Pilate (see Matthew 14 or Mark 6:14-29) because he spoke the truth.

I remember a time when I had someone come up to me asking me some questions about God. He was drinking, but was concerned about his standing with the Lord. He said he knew there was a God, and that he knew he was on a one way course to Hell. I told him of the wrath that remained on him (something I would not do all of the time but he opened the door so I walked through it) and that Jesus offered forgiveness. He said he wanted to be a man and pay for his own sin. He was prideful, so prideful he wanted to do something he knew he could not do. Eventually some other people wanted to know what we were talking about, not to add in to the discussion, but to get some ammunition to talk behind my back later. Other times I have had conversations interrupted by soldiers who wanted to put their two cents in. You will always have those service members who do not like what you are doing, but they want to know what is going on anyways.

The Pharisees that went out to John were not going out there to see if they could receive Jesus, they were going out there to figure out who the heck this John thought he was. John was preaching a message of hope while the religious leaders were putting a yoke of slavery on their disciples. Look at what John said to the Pharisees and Sadducees in Matthew 3.

Matt 3:7-9
But when he (John the Baptist) saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to where he was baptizing, he said to them: “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not think you can say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham.

John called them Vipers because they were not looking for forgiveness or wanting to repent, they were coming out for the wrong reasons. You will probably have some people who come to your study or some people who will watch you that are not in it for the right reasons. They really do not want to know about God, they are just checking on what your up to.

What are you up to? are you in God’s camp, or just checking it out?

God loves you, He is with you, and He will never leave you.

Dan Fogarty

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