JOHN THE BAPTIST – BAPTISM WITH WATER
John the Baptist, the man telling us about the coming Grace, he looks a bit like a wild man and he doesn’t wear designer clothes or eat out at the posh restaurants or live in the nicest house on the street. He’s a radical man living out in the wilderness, sporting his camel hair and rustling up a big plate of locusts. Because sometimes the best way to make a way for Jesus in the world is to give up some of the ways of the world.
Though he’s the son of the man whose voice was silenced, John’s voice cries in the wilderness, thunder in the dry. But God Himself is the speaker. Can you hear the thunder?
The good news of Jesus, the gospel, it always begins in the wildernesses, in the parched and thirsty places, because it’s in the wilderness that the law of the Ten Commandments was given and it’s in our wildernesses that grace must find us.
And repentance, changing our hearts and minds and ways, it can bring tears, and it comes like gentle rain to our cracked and hard hearts. Our sins are washed away in showers of grace, and new growth and hope sprouts, tender shoots. Grace, it comes, heaven’s water falling softly.