John the Baptist was an interesting character. He is the focus of today's passage:
While John the Baptist is the center of attention, he points others to Christ. He proclaimed a message of repentance. He told people to repent because the Kingdom of God was at hand. The word repent means turn. He told them to turn away from their sinfulness and turn toward Christ. He then baptized those who repented.
Some thoughts from this passage:
1. Have you repented? Have you turned away from your sinfulness and toward Christ? Have you asked God to forgive you of your sin? Have you made Christ the Lord of your life?
2. Have you been baptized? Baptism is the symbol of faith in Christ. Baptism shows others that we have placed our faith in Christ.
3. Do you point others to Christ. John the Baptist was the center of attention for many people. He used the attention to point to Christ. When people give you attention, are you quick to use that attention for evangelism?
It's not about me, it's about Christ.
Article originally posted by Pastor Cliff on Monday, July 28, 2008