It began with a leap
John the Baptist was clear and to the point with his message. It’s hard to believe that it all began with a leap!
As a preborn baby, John had been unresponsive, but the minute the Lord showed up on John’s parents’ doorstep everything changed. Jesus entered the room in the tummy of His mother, Mary. And, at that moment, John the Baptist leapt in the womb of His mother, Elizabeth. She had been waiting six months for movement from her child. Imagine how scary a time that was for Elizabeth. To have waited for so many years to have a child, and then for it to be STILL in her womb must have been very difficult emotionally.
Hope and Joy arrived
And then—Hope showed up on the doorstep. On that wonderful day (as a pre-born baby)—John began the journey for his earthly assignment—to prepare the way for Jesus. There was an instant “connection” between Jesus and John. Everyone in the room knew something very special was happening. That very day, John was responsive to the pre-born baby Jesus inside of Mary’s tummy. Only God could be so creative as to arrange such an unusual “introduction” for the two. Mary stayed with Elizabeth for about 3 months. Imagine the conversations to two mothers had during that time.
Mary left to go back home before John was born.
As far as I know, there’s no mention in Scripture of the two mothers ever being together again.
Then, many years later, when the time was right, John walked out of his alone time of preparation in the wilderness, into his very public ministry.
“Jesus is coming! Get ready!” Day after day, John’s message was focused and constant.
“Repent. Be baptized! Don’t wait!“
You and I are to be like John the Baptist.
First, we must be born (again) through the power of the Holy Spirit. And then, as a follower of Jesus–in His Name–we are called to boldly proclaim that the day of the Lord is at hand.
We must sound that same alarm:
“Don’t wait! Repent! Be baptized! Follow Jesus. Put your hand to the plow and don’t look back.”
I’m thinking of the chorus of the beautiful song by Michael W Smith:
Draw Me Close
“You’re all I want
You’re all I’ve ever needed
You’re all I want
Help me know you are near”
Sound the alarm
Dear friend, are you ready to sound the alarm with me? It’s time to say, “Yes, Lord!”
Let’s be on the alert for opportunities to proclaim His Name. Let’s not wait another minute! The world needs Jesus! NOW! Amen? Amen!
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