Pastor Chris Doi
Japanese Christian Church
Matthew 3:1-2: In those days John the Baptist began preaching in the Judean wilderness. His message was, 2 “Turn from your sins and turn to God, because the Kingdom of Heaven is near.”
Of all the prophets in God’s Word, I have always admired John the Baptist. He was one who did not seem to mind living out in the wilderness, wearing a simple outfit of camel’s hair and living off of locust and wild honey. We read in Matthew 3:1-2, “Now in those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, saying, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ For this is the one referred to by Isaiah the prophet when he said, ‘The voice of one crying in the wilderness, make ready the way of the Lord, Make His paths straight.
John, like many prophets knew his role well; and that was to be used as a mouthpiece to convey God’s message. Here he was paving the way for the coming Messiah: Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.
People’s hearts were convicted and they confessed of their sins. God was indeed calling them from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of heaven.
We today have someone like John the Baptist in our lives. He is the Holy Spirit who convicts us of our sins and moves us to repentance and faith. Where would we be without the love of God conveyed through His Son Jesus and the loving guidance of the Holy Spirit?
So when God convicts your heart of unconfessed sins, immediately ask Him for forgiveness and commit yourself to live a transformed life for Him.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, we thank you for convicting our hearts of our sins and for your loving grace. Amen