Scripture: Matt. (1:1–17) 3:1–6
Key verses: (3-6) In those days John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness of Judea, proclaiming, 2 “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” 3 This is the one of whom the prophet Isaiah spoke when he said,
“The voice of one crying out in the wilderness:
‘Prepare the way of the Lord,
make his paths straight.’”
4 Now John wore clothing of camel’s hair with a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey. 5 Then the people of Jerusalem and all Judea were going out to him, and all the region along the Jordan, 6 and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.
Reflection: John might just be the person we need to hear from today. This was a man who lived in isolation most of his life and reached Jewish society by removing himself from it. Sound familiar? His training and much of his ministry took place in the desert. Unpopulated, desolate and quiet. His ministry was in the middle of nowhere.
At a time when we are separated, I wonder what word this scripture has for us?
Throughout this time of separation, the youth of the church have been wrestling with the idea that something has awakened in their life, soul and hearts. During our times together, they have mentioned that they were asleep, numb to the joy of everyday life but now they feel alive. John the Baptist had a radical way that meant to wake people up from their spiritual slumber and to call them to task. John’s message was urgent. The coming of the King was at hand. John was direct and let them know that they had some work to do.
Do we? We have been doing some work on ourselves but are we awake?
Prayer: Awaken us, O God. Let us not fall asleep again to the joy of living. Amen.
Author: Michelle Thomas-Bush
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].