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John the Baptist was a forerunner. God sent him to tell the world that Jesus had come and that He had came to save and rescue them from their sins. Jesus has rescued us and brought us into His family as God's children who are now called to go and tell what Jesus has done!
Did you change (immediately) after you were baptized? Or are you acting the same as before your baptism? If you are the same you might be one of the vipers John the Baptist is talking about in Luke 3:7. Ask yourself if your baptism was only a ritual to silence your conscience (and God will accept me now), or did you come out of the water a changed person. Is your focus on Jesus? Are you His servant, slave? Does your life revolve ONLY about pleasing Him?
Are we a people prepared for the Lord? Is the Holy Spirit able to speak to us, or do we tune Him out? Do we loathe who we once where or are we o.k. with it? In other words: Did we truly repent and became a new person when we professed faith in our Lord Jesus Christ or are we putting on a facade on Sunday morning and the rest of the week we are like the rest of the world?
All four gospels record the ministry of John the Baptist from their own unique perspective according to their purpose. Luke, alone, includes the narrative of his birth. But all three synoptics (Matthew, Mark, Luke) all include this initial phase of Johnâ€™s ministry in the wilderness. The apostle John, written much later, covers this same period, but emphasizes the Baptistâ€™s role as witness to the Messiah and alone announces Him as â€œThe Lamb that takes away the sin of the world.â€ Luke is written to present an accurate historical account, so he fills in many of the details left out by Matthew and in this sense is more helpful from a historical point of view. However, Luke and Matthewâ€™s purposes are different. Matthewâ€™s goal is to present Jesus Christ as King, the King the prophets looked forward to and the people should have been expecting. Matthew is, in this sense, more interested in the message than the details. Thus, with little introduction John the Baptist explodes onto the scene of Matthewâ€™s gospel, in order to accentuate, with all its force, the message by which the way for the King would be prepared: â€œRepent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.â€