Jesus said that of all those born of women, theres none as
great as he, yet the smallest in heaven is greater than he (Matt 11:11). One might wonder
what it meant, for surely Abraham, the father of believers, or Moses or Elijah was greater
than he? In what does his greatness lie?
In the Old Testament it ends with the prophet Malachi, after which
there was silence for 400 years until John arrived on the scene. God sent John. It is said
that he grew up in the wilderness of Judea. There were only five or six small villages in
Judea. Were not told exactly where he grew up. We read of the Lord Jesus in
Jerusalem, but nothing of John the baptist. He was all the while in the wilderness. Even
his birth was miraculous, in that he was filled with the Holy Spirit while still in his
Mothers, while you expect your child, what spirit do you impart to
them? Do you pray for your child?
What a pity when pregnant women get so irritated and frustrated at
the smallest thing. The way you behave is like an injection into your child and the way it
will one day act. Maybe you as a mother drinks alcohol while pregnant and imparts that to
the child. Or you as the father uses drugs, and that is the spirit the child gets.
If you realise your sinful ways, confess and forsake those ways
that that curse might be removed.
Johns first words to those coming to him in the wilderness
were, repent. Repentance means a thorough conversion, changing direction 180
degrees, not a slight change of direction. When God commands you to repent, you need to
obey His command and not pray for Him to do a miracle. Obey His command and turn from your
He grew up in the grace of God, until Gods time arrived for
him and he told those who came to him to repent. You might say that he made a great error
for the Kingdom hasnt arrived then and not now either. But the Kingdom of Heaven is
there where God rules, and if you accept the Lord Jesus as your Lord and King, then the
Kingdom of Heaven has arrived in your life! John was speaking of the coming and revelation
They came and asked him whether he was the promised Messiah, or
one of the great prophets, but he denied it. They asked him who he was and he answered
that he was a voice in the wilderness. He never claimed divinity, but God
spoke through him, preparing the way for Jesus. When Jesus came to him in the wilderness
to be baptised of him, he answered that he couldnt baptise Jesus, but that he needed
to be baptised by Jesus. He said that he wasnt even worthy of untying the shoelaces
of Jesus. There was not a trace of pride or self-consciousness in him. If God works
through you there should not be the slightest trace of pride, it is utter foolishness. In
saying that he wasnt worthy of untying His shoelaces, he said in effect that he
wasnt even worthy of being the slave of Jesus. There wasnt any pride in him.
How wonderful if you would bring up children such as John the
baptist instead of children full of pride and arrogancy, the scum of the earth.
John was indeed a prophet of prophets. Jesus first words were
also, repent. This is a command.
We pray and sing that the Lord must come, but how will that happen
if we havent prepared the way? If you had ears to hear you would hear the Lord say,
how can I come down, for you have not prepared the way? If you have obstacles
in your life, how can you expect the Lord to come if you dont deal with them and
So if you cry to the Lord to work in your family, in your children
or husband or wife, if you had ears to hear then you would hear Him say, there is no
way, for you havent prepared the way; your sins are in the way and you must repent
and turn from them!
Get things right and sort them out. Ask the Lord to show you what
hinders Him from working and sort them out and get rid of those things.
Once I visited a family and spoke on this very text. After the
service the father of the family disappeared for a few hours. When he returned I asked him
where he went and he related to me how the Lord convicted him of something he had to make
right with a brother against whom he had sinned. He drove many kilometers to make it right
and then returned.
We read also of the clothing he wore. What does that have to do
with us? John Bunyan said that God doesnt need to look at your clothes to see the
heart, but we human beings do see what the state of a persons heart is by what he or
she wears. Its not difficult to know if a lady is moral or immoral; you just need to
look at what she wears. This doesnt mean that a girl must dress like a granny, but
that you dress appropriately. Remember you are the temple of the Holy Spirit - dress
He didnt speak the way we speak, but spoke straight,
brood of vipers, you confess your sins but dont part with it. Bring forth
fruit of repentance.
The return of the Lord is near. We must live accordingly. What if
He comes unexpectedly? It should not even be necessary to speak like this if the Holy
Spirit is in you, unless you have another spirit.