Pastor M. Beecroft, 12/13/2009
From before he was born, John the Baptist was bearing witness to Jesus. When Blessed Mary, pregnant with our Lord, visited Elizabeth, the Holy Spirit worked in John, in utero, and he leaped in the presence of the incarnate Christ. At six months in the womb, John pointed to Jesus. This was God’s call on John, from conception to death; to prepare the way of the Lord.
This is exactly what John did. Donning his camel hair coat and leather belt with a lunchbox full of locusts and honey, John went to work in the wilderness. He preached God’s Law and called the people to repentance. He reminded the gathered crowds, “All flesh is grass, and all its beauty is like the flower of the field. The grass withers, the flower fades when the breath of the LORD blows on it; surely the people are grass. The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.” He told the people what they needed to hear, namely, that they were marked with sin and iniquity. Their lives were like our bermuda grass in the winter. Their lives were like a cut flower out in this cold. They would not last. Their sins would bring death. They were in need of the deliverance that could come only through the Word of God that endures forever. So John proclaimed the impending arrival of the Messiah. To prepare His way John preached repentance and baptized sinners.
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