The Voice

When John the Baptist was asked by the Jews who he was, he responded as follows: “I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness; make straight the way of the Lord.” As it was John’s responsibility to prepare for the first coming of Christ, so it is our responsibility to prepare for the second. How are we to do so? By preaching the glorious Good News of redemption! Note how John described himself as “the voice”. Such is important for two reasons. Firstly, he did not keep quiet. A voice speaks. A voice shares. A voice communicates. While we are of course meant to preach the Gospel through our actions, such is never a substitute for explaining the actual message of salvation. People will only call on the name of Jesus if they know why they need to. Secondly, John was humble. He did not fluff up his position or parade about with a title. He needed no title. He was the voice, the messenger, the witness. This was sufficient for John, the man God chose to pave the way for the Saviour of this world. And so, with all boldness and humility, may we also never cease to declare, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”

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