Now this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” He confessed, and did not deny, but confessed, “I am not the Christ.” And they asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you the Prophet?” And he answered, “No.”
Then they said to him, “Who are you, that we may give an answer to those who sent us? What do you say about yourself?” He said: “I am ‘The voice of one crying in the wilderness: “Make straight the way of the Lord,”’ as the prophet Isaiah said.”
A voice in the wilderness
- What kind of voice? – Loud, clear and commanding
- To whom is the voice speaking? – He that has an ear
- What was the message? – Repent, turn to Jesus
- What was the character of the voice? – Recognized his purpose was to draw attention to Jesus, not himself. “I must decrease, He must increase.”
Isaiah 40:3-5 – The voice of one crying in the wilderness: “Prepare the way of the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be exalted and every mountain and hill brought low; the crooked places shall be made straight and the rough places smooth; the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together; for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”
We are also called to be a voice in the wilderness
Matthew 28:19-20 – Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.
John 20:21 – So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.
- What is our voice? Are we speaking without fear of man, are we clear in our message?
- To whom are we speaking? Are we really to speak to all we meet, to all who show an open heart?
- What is our message? Are we promoting our church, our doctrine, or Jesus Christ?
- What is our character? Are we trying to be noticed, to have our self-admired or looked up to? Are we lifting up Jesus, not our self?