John Baptizes the Messiah

John 1 How often do we not “recognize” the Messiah? And so it was that God, after 400 yrs. of silence, sent John the Baptist to reveal Him. John testified: “This is the One!”

The news reverberated around Israel, so the Jewish leaders sent priests and Levites in their flowing robes from Jerusalem to find this man they had heard about. They joined the many that walked miles through the desert to find this man everyone was talking about.

“Grumble, grumble, complain! Why are we out in this god-forsaken desert? Why doesn’t he come to the Temple?”  On top of that, when they found him, John was dressed in his camel-skin garment, eating locusts and honey, and baptizing others in the River Jordan! This is the man with the answers? With eyes rolling, they stood on the riverbank and peppered him with questions: Who are you? Are you Elijah? Are you the Prophet? Why are you baptizing? John answered no to each question.

Are you at the place of the questioners? Like the religious leaders you too may not have recognized the Messiah yet, but if you are willing to allow God’s Spirit to speak, He will reveal Him to you. Then if you receive Him, you too will become a child of God.

It is just that simple! Recognize Him. Receive Him. He will reside in you!

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