The Lone Voice
Thursday, February 25th, 2016
1The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. 2 As it is written in the Prophets: “Behold, I send My messenger before Your face, Who will prepare Your way before You.” 3 “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord; Make His paths straight.’ 4 John came baptizing in the wilderness and preaching a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins. 5 Then all the land of Judea, and those from Jerusalem, went out to him and were all baptized by him in the Jordan River, confessing their sins. Mark 1:1-5
In the wilderness, John the Baptist was the ‘lone voice’ crying out to prepare the way of the Lord. He was proclaiming the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins. John the Baptist was the representative of mankind (Mt 11:11). He was the last prophet of the OT, the biblically legitimate priest born from the house of the High Priest, and thus, ministered as the last priest of the age of the OT (Lk 1:1-21). He was also the ‘spiritual Elijah’ who was promised in the OT. Therefore we must take heed of the ‘lone voice’ and understand the ministry of John the Baptist without fail before we try to understand the ministry of Jesus. The truth is that Jesus Christ accepted the sins of the world through His baptism received from John the Baptist. We must understand and believe in it.
Only when we reach an in-depth knowledge of the ministry of John the Baptist can we understand it in connection with the ministry of Jesus and thoroughly comprehend the whole truth of remission of sins, the true Gospel of atonement.
Even though we don’t know all the details of the Bible, when we get the clear and concrete understanding of the baptism and the blood shed of Jesus in the NT as compared with the sacrificial system of the OT, we can receive the remission of sin by faith.
There are several pertinent truths that we can derive from the cry of the ‘lone voice’. They are namely:
1. The lone voice declared the perfect will of God for the salvation of souls.
John the Baptist was sent by God from heaven to fulfill the will of God the Father by baptizing Jesus to transfer all the sins of this world. He led the people on the path of righteousness. Therefore, we must become people who learn and believe in the will of God that was worked through John the Baptist.
2. The lone voice was God’s providence of salvation to us.
John the Baptist’s birth and his family background are explained well in Lk 1 as God’s promise to us to fulfill the perfect will of God. Even before his birth six months earlier than Jesus God has declared through His prophets about the coming of the ‘special messenger’ to prepare the way of the Lord of Glory.
3. The lone voice came with power and spirit of Elijah to restore broken relationship between God and man.
In Mal 4:5-6 it says ‘Malachi 4:5-6 5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord. 6 And he will turn The hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, Lest I come and strike the earth with a curse.”
In Mt 11:14 of the NT, Jesus testified ‘And if you are willing to receive it, he is Elijah who is to come.’ This means that God would send to this earth John the Baptist to transfer the sins of the world on to Jesus Christ, our perfect sacrifice to restore the broken relationship with God. Isa 40:3; Mt 3:13-17
4. The lone voice came to us by the ‘Way of Righteousness’
The way of righteousness that John the Baptist came with refers to the transferring of sins on to Jesus in order to be delivered from eternal death. To fulfill God’s righteousness, Jesus cleansed all our sins, was nailed and hung on the cross. He died and was resurrected in three days to save all those who would believe in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness.
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