Re:Verse reading–Luke 1:1-38 (day seven)
John the Baptist is an alien to us. In Luke 1 he is described as “great in the sight of the Lord”, never having alcohol, and filled with the Holy Spirit in his mother’s womb. How is that even possible? Matthew 3 reveals another time in John’s life, but it just as incomprehensible. John is preaching in the wilderness wearing a garment of camel’s hair eating locusts and wild honey. That sounds terrible.
As foreign as the peculiars are surrounding John the Baptist’s life, the message is familiar. In Luke, John is said to turn people’s hearts toward God (v.17). Matthew uses the term we are more familiar with: repent. John’s message to prepare the way for Jesus Christ was always repent. Repentance is the only way we can ever prepare ourselves to meet our God. Luke 1 focuses on two groups who need to repent. One, fathers must repent for not taking their God given role as seriously as God demands, and two, those that are disobedient to God need to seek out God’s wisdom instead of their own. Fathers: repent. Disobedient ones: repent.
We are not called to live like John the Baptist, but we should heed his message: Repent.