A MAN NAMED JOHN
March 9, 2003
We hope to view the Passion, Purpose, and Purity of
John the Baptist, to name only a few. The last of the
Old Testament prophets, John had the great privilege,
as God's messenger, of introducing the Messiah to
John the Baptist is one of the men of the Bible who,
once you meet him and get to know him, you'll never
forget him. On the other hand, he was a strong, yet
humble ambassador for the Lord. His boldness in
proclaiming God's message and confronting sin and
hypocrisy is unparalleled. His determination to
fulfill God's mission for life may only be equaled by
the Apostle Paul.
I. IN PURPOSE.
A. PROPHECY OF JOHN
Isaiah 40:3-4, "The voice of one crying in the
wilderness: 'Prepare the way of the LORD;
make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
Every valley shall be exalted and every mountain and
hill brought low; the crooked places shall be made
straight and the rough places smooth.'"
"Prepare the way" - these verses reflect the custom of
some Eastern monarchs to send heralds before them to
clear away obstacles, make causeways, straighten
crooked roads and valleys, and level hills. John's
task was getting people ready for the Messiah's
arrival through repentance from their sins.
Malachi 3:1a, "Behold, I send My messenger, and he
will prepare the way before Me."
Malachi 4:5a, "Behold, I will send you Elijah the
The mention of Elijah was to announce the Messiah's
arrival. John the Baptist was a type of Elijah at
Christ's first advent.
Luke 1:17, "He will also go before Him in the spirit
and power of Elijah, 'to turn the hearts of the
fathers to the children,' and the disobedient to the
wisdom of the just, to make ready a people prepared
for the Lord."
Elijah, like John the Baptist, was known for his bold,
uncompromising stand for the Word of God, even in the
face of a ruthless monarch.
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