Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Out of the Wild

This is the Good News about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God. It began just as the prophet Isaiah had written: "Look, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, and he will prepare your way. He is a voice shouting in the wilderness, 'Prepare the way for the LORD'S coming! Clear the road for him!'" ~ The Gospel of Mark

John the Baptist, the last of the Old Testament Prophets, was about as subtle as the lightning strikes and thunder claps that flash and bang just beyond the window of my study. John dressed like the crazies in the American Express commercials. He foraged for food among honey combs, and ate bugs--not exactly the persona of someone sent to warm-up the audience to receive a message of Good News. Try to imagine what images would come to our minds if this guy from out of the wild, blew into town, cupped his hands around his mouth, and started shouting, "Someone is coming soon who is greater than I am--so much greater that I'm not even worthy to stoop down like a slave and untie the straps of his sandals..."

Now I want to ask a question--"Have you experienced an uncommon, uncomfortable, unwelcome, and unpredictable event that may be a message to prepare you for an encounter with Jesus?"

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