Explore the Bible
December 6, 2015
Our disaster relief recovery team responded to a callout several years ago near Clinton. We were assigned a rural farmhouse that had been heavily damaged.
As our team was assessing the damage that had been sustained, the owner came up and discussed with us the possibility of getting his motor home out of his barn for them to live in while the house was being repaired.
Across the road from his house was a 500-yard lane leading to his barn. The lane was crisscrossed with large pine trees, each about 50-60 feet tall, which had been blown into random positions.
Our team began the task of clearing the road at about noon that day and finished at 3 o’clock the following afternoon.
One of our volunteers said, “I guess we cleared the way for our friend; it’s time to get his temporary home out of the barn!”
John’s task was to prepare the way for Jesus to replace the old sacrificial system that existed in His day. His job was to change the theological and religious mindset of the Jewish people and have them ready to accept a new way that leads to eternal life. He had to chop down old traditions and uproot false theological teaching that had been added to the original sacrificial system.
Jesus was about to change the Old Testament system radically. The Jews would not be the only ones who would find salvation; the Gentiles would also be accepted under this new system. Peter would encounter this when Cornelius sent his servants to seek him in Acts 10.
John the Baptist was sent to change the mindset and the hearts of the Jewish people for this new event. He preached repentance of sin, to have a heart-change, to seek God on a personal level. For when Christ died on the cross, the old way of salvation would no longer exist. Jesus became the perfect Sacrifice that would take away all of our sins once and for all.