Read Luke 3:15-18
As the people were in expectation, and all were
questioning in their hearts concerning John,
whether he might be the Christ (Luke 3:15).
If John were here today, he would have a lot to say
about our fear to confront those who live contrary
to God's Word. He was a bold and powerful
preacher; he was unafraid to stand up to the self-
absorbed religious leaders or expose the errors of
powerful political rulers.
It's not difficult for the crowds to see the power of
God at work in his ministry. So we should not be
surprised to hear them asking if John might be the
great prophet that Moses predicted long ago. Is
this the Messiah God had promised to send?
But John immediately set the crowds straight.
However powerful he might be as a prophet, he is
nothing compared to the One who is coming.
Compared to Him, John is like the lowest house
slave, unworthy even to stoop down and lay his
fingers upon the sandals of the great Messiah.
Even now, this mighty Son of God is living in
Galilee. Soon He will come to John to begin His
ministry, by which He will accomplish His great
rescue mission. John baptizes with water, but the
Christ will pour out the Holy Spirit and His
cleansing fire upon those who hear and believe.
What thoughts must have rushed through those
crowds, hearing the long-awaited Messiah is near?
What thoughts cross your mind when thinking of
Jesus, who not long ago was that tiny Baby laying
in Bethlehem's manger? How amazing is it that He
will soon stride forward in humility and poverty to
save the world?
Almighty God, thank You for sending Your great
Son to save us from death and hell. Accept our
thanksgiving and praise for Jesus' sake. Amen.
Lenten Devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries