God give signs to always show what He is about to do. The appearing of John the Baptist is one such signs, for he pointed to Jesus and prepared the way for his coming. John fulfilled the essential task of all the prophets: pointing to Christ. These signs are to prepare us for His coming.
John is considered as the last and greatest prophet of the old kingdom, the old covenant. For the Jews expected that when the Messiah would come, Elijah would appear to announce his presence. And John fills the role of Elijah and prepares the way for the coming of Christ by preaching a baptism of repentance and renewal (Matthew 17:10-13)
10 The disciples asked him, “Why then do the teachers of the law say that Elijah must come first?”
11 Jesus replied, “To be sure, Elijah comes and will restore all things.12 But I tell you, Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him, but have done to him everything they wished. In the same way the Son of Man is going to suffer at their hands.” 13 Then the disciples understood that he was talking to them about John the Baptist. Matthew 17:10-13 (New International Version – NIV)
As watchful servants, we, too must prepare for the Lord’s coming again by turning away from sin and from everything and anything that would keep us from pursuing His will. We must be eager to do God’s will and be prepared to meet the Lord Jesus when he returns in glory.
Let’s examine ourselves therefore and ask the Lord to stir our zeal for His righteousness and kingdom. May He free us from compromising with the ways of sin and worldliness.
Peace and Joy
Written by Rev. Fr. Courage Dogbey
Prayer (Prepare for His Coming)
Dear Lord, send forth the Holy Spirit to help us examine ourselves. We ask that You stir our zeal for Your righteousness and Kingdom. Free us from compromising with the ways of sin and from everything and anything that would keep us from pursuing Your will. Amen
Happy Yuletide from iworship17.one