John’s mission was to come before the Messiah, to prepare the way of the Lord.
Isaiah 40:3 A voice of one calling in the wilderness: “Prepare the way for the LORD”
John understood that God had given him a following for one reason – to point them to Jesus.
1 John 4:1 Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
John demonstrates the greatest example of humility, especially in times of Success.
John didn’t allow his following to go to his head, he remained humble.
John 3:30 He must increase, but I must decrease.
Lessons we can learn from John the Baptist.
1. Speak out for Justice and truth.
a. John’s unapologetic decision to speak out for what he believed and for the laws of God eventually cost him his life.
b. It is because of his unwavering integrity that we can stand up and speak out against injustice.
Last week the question was asked: Why was John in Prison?
2. John’s primary mission was to steer people away from sin.
“Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand”.
The Hebrew word for Repent means to “turn away” from sin.
The Greek word for Repent means to: “change one’s mind”.