Date: January 10th
Speaker: RJ Dugone
Text: Mark 1:1-8 (NASB) 1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. 2 As it is written in Isaiah the prophet: "BEHOLD, I SEND MY MESSENGER AHEAD OF YOU, WHO WILL PREPARE YOUR WAY; 3 THE VOICE OF ONE CRYING IN THE WILDERNESS, 'MAKE READY THE WAY OF THE LORD, MAKE HIS PATHS STRAIGHT.'" 4 John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5 And all the country of Judea was going out to him, and all the people of Jerusalem; and they were being baptized by him in the Jordan River, confessing their sins. 6 John was clothed with camel's hair and wore a leather belt around his waist, and his diet was locusts and wild honey. 7 And he was preaching, and saying, "After me One is coming who is mightier than I, and I am not fit to stoop down and untie the thong of His sandals. 8 "I baptized you with water; but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit."
Big Idea: John the Baptist’s role was important in establishing Jesus’ spiritual credibility. In the eyes of the Religious leaders, Jesus would have been viewed as a relatively unknown, self-appointed Rabbi from the wrong side of the tracks. John’s role was crucial in preparing the way for Jesus’ ministry.
Cross References: (Synoptic Gospels) Matthew 3:1-17; Luke 3:1-22. (Origins of John the Baptist) Luke 1:5-80. (Prophesies concerning John the Baptist) Isaiah 40:1-5, Malachi 3:1.
Theology/Apologetics: The angel of the Lord appeared to Zacharias, (the father of John the Baptist) and delivered a prophetic word concerning God’s purposes for the yet to be born baby. Luke 1:11-17 (NASB) 11 And an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing to the right of the altar of incense. 12 Zacharias was troubled when he saw the angel, and fear gripped him. 13 But the angel said to him, "Do not be afraid, Zacharias, for your petition has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you will give him the name John. 14 "You will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth. 15 "For he will be great in the sight of the Lord; and he will drink no wine or liquor, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit while yet in his mother's womb. 16 "And he will turn many of the sons of Israel back to the Lord their God. 17 "It is he who will go as a forerunner before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, TO TURN THE HEARTS OF THE FATHERS BACK TO THE CHILDREN, and the disobedient to the attitude of the righteous, so as to make ready a people prepared for the Lord."
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