John the Baptist was not a regular preacher neither was he a fancied man of God, but people listened to him. He was not in the palace, neither was he dressed in the best of cloths, yet he had many followers. His words were not welcoming, neither are they motivating, yet he was a voice crying in the wilderness, preparing and making ready the way of the Lord.
He also has a vision, but that vision didn’t make him buy the best of cars, houses, landed properties, planes and perhaps become a very wealthy man known and praised all around the world, but that vision made him the greatest of all who had come before Christ. He didn’t perform a miracle such as would be sung all over the world and shown on national and international television as a miracle worker yet did one of the greatest miracle ever witnessed by the Jews, repentance and forgiveness of sin by baptism.
A fiery, fierce, outspoken, tongue lashing minister whose assignment was to prepare the way of the Lord. Dressed in beastly apparel and eats awkwardly. Described as one who is dressed in raiment of camel’s hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his food was locusts and wild honey. How on earth is that a man sent from God. But he said, “He that sent me to baptize said….”
Oh, only if the Lord can open our eyes to see John, the Baptist, we would appreciate this fiery man of God. Israel yearly would sacrifice as an atonement for their sins, but here comes one who by just baptizing you, you’re are forgiven of your sin and the heart of repentance fall on you. The reason the Pharisees couldn’t believe and accept Jesus was because they were not baptized by John. They hung on to Moses, and so couldn’t transit to Jesus. John, the forerunner of Christ indeed. And about him Jesus said, “What went ye out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken with the wind? But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? behold, they that wear soft clothing are in kings’ houses. But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? yea, I say unto you, and more than a prophet. For this is he , of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee. Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.” Matt. 11:8-12.
Glory be to God, the least in the kingdom is greater than John. This is not just statement of declaration, it is a call to responsibility, a call to divine partnership. Live Responsibly.