“Tell it like it is!” is an expression that has crept into our American vernacular. Another is, “What you see is what you get!” Both of these phrases could have been descriptions of John the Baptist’s ministry. Calling for repentance, John told it like it is—that we need to get our act together. He exclaimed, “You brood of vipers!” The poison of sin that spews from our souls is like venom from a snake. It is this toxic environment we create which sent Jesus to the cross.
In our modern minds we want to rationalize the consequence of our sin. But broken relationships are our fault. We are the ones listening to Satan. When we do the Devil’s will, we are agreeing that sin is right and truth is perverted. John the Baptist calls us today, as we approach the celebration of the Nativity, to be ever mindful of Christ’s reappearance when this age comes to an end.
Let us remember Christ’s true purpose for us at this time—to stay alert for the time is flying when he will have us account for our faithfulness in preparing his way!
Prayer: Lord Jesus, come, and help us to be your heralds today. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Randy Conley, Pastor of Hope Lutheran Church in Hubbard Lake, MI.