Matthew 3:1–3 (ESV)
John the Baptist Prepares the Way
3In those days John
the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea,2 “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” 3 For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah when he said, “The voice of one crying in the wilderness:
‘Prepare the way of the Lord; make his paths straight.’ ”
John’s last name is not “the Baptist.” He is the son of the Zechariah, a priest. Zechariah is married to Mary’s relative…
Mary (the mother of Jesus). This should make John a cousin of Jesus. Both John and Jesus are the fulfillment of prophecy. I prefer to call him John the Baptizer which is scriptural as well. The purpose of John is to “prepare the
way of the Lord; make his paths straight.” He is preparing the people by telling them to “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” I think of John as a circus barker trying to get people to come and see or hear. Of
course, John’s message is not about a circus, but of Jesus Christ, the Messiah!
I pray: O Lord, our message to share is not about a circus, but about the kingdom of God. Help us to Repent that we are sinners and in
need of a Savior. Amen.