John the Baptist
Malachi 3:1-4 (NRSV)
For he is like a refiner's fire and like fullers' soap; he will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the descendants of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, until they present offerings to the Lord in righteousness. Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the Lord as in the days of old and as in former years.
John the Baptist was a witness and a messenger for Jesus. He was the harbinger of things to come.
He was sent to prepare the way for Jesus, to be a voice crying in the wilderness, "Prepare The Way of the Lord!"
This side of the cross, Jesus still desires for us to be his witnesses. We are still inspired to cry, "Prepare The Way of the Lord!"
There are still many hearts where roadblocks have been erected and Jesus has yet to enter in.
As Christians we get to share the good news that "Christ has died! Christ has risen! Christ shall come again!"
We get to bare witness to the good news that Love gave Jesus to die on the cross to save us from our sin and gift us with eternal life.
Too often, we fail to share this good news because we are afraid. We are afraid to be witnesses, messenger, and/or evangelists for Jesus.
Today, I want to encourage us to be bold in our faith! Our family, friends, and neighbors need to know that Jesus saves to the utmost!
Let us pray:
Holy God, thank you that you have called me to make disciples of all people. Please make a bold witness to the good news. In Jesus' Name, Amen.
If you have questions about how to become a friend and follower of Jesus, please see the devotion entitled, “Come to Jesus” @ http://bit.ly/JVhaLta